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Ohio State 2019 Class Report — OT Dawand Jones

Ohio State Buckeyes Marcus Crowley Dawand Jones

[This is the ninth installment in our annual series where The-Ozone looks back on each member of the previous season’s freshman class and the impact they had as rookies, as well as the impact they could have during the upcoming season. Up next is offensive tackle Dawand Jones.]

By the end of Dawand Jones’ senior season in high school he was one of the most sought after offensive linemen in the nation. The reason for this was two-fold. For one, Jones is 6-foot-8 and 330 pounds and mobile enough to be a very talented basketball player. For two, as programs miss on recruiting targets later in the recruiting cycle, they are forced to move down their respective boards.

Beginning in November, Jones — a 3-star prospect and the No. 1,043 player in the nation — started to pile up offers from USC, Florida State, TCU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Auburn, Florida, and Penn State.

Jones took official visits USC, Ohio State, and Penn State before ultimately committing to the Buckeyes on signing day.

With there being 1,042 players better than Jones in the 2019 recruiting class, there was no reason to expect him to see the field as a freshman.

2019 Season

Pretty early on, however, there was a buzz about Jones.

“We want to recruit big guys who are athletic, and I think when you look at offensive linemen nowadays, you see very athletic guys,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said last August. “Even the big guy — well, a great example of the three guys that we just brought in this year, Harry Miller, very athletic. You look at him, he’s over 300 pounds, but he’s very, very athletic and lean. Enokk Vimahi came in at 270 pounds, he’s now 293 if you can believe that. In two months he’s put on that much weight. Very, very athletic. And then Dawand Jones, if you look at Dawand Jones, he’s 6’8″, 380 pounds, but he’s not — I know it sounds crazy, but he’s not a sloppy-looking guy. He’s put together. He needs to lose weight. But they’re all very, very good athletes.”

Jones played in 10 games as a true freshman, including each of the final eight.

Initially, he was just going to play in four games and maintain his redshirt status. And the first couple of those games came on the field goal block team because of his size and reach. It proved successful, and while he wasn’t credited with a kick block, he was certainly effective at the line.

He was so effective, in fact, that there was discussion of burning his redshirt just for special teams purposes.

Eventually, it was decided that he was good enough to see time on both special teams and offense. He was a backup at tackle and saw snaps on offense against Northwestern, Wisconsin, Rutgers, and Maryland.

Jones’ contributions in 2019 were completely unexpected, and while he was far from perfect as a pass protector, the potential was impossible to miss.

So Now What For Dawand Jones

There is an open right tackle job due to the graduation of Branden Bowen, so Jones will be one of three or four competitors for that spot.

The favorite is redshirt sophomore Nicholas Petit-Frere, but others will get a look, including true freshman Paris Johnson.

Expect Jones to be in the two-deep, presumably at right tackle behind Petit-Frere, and expect him to get snaps on offense in 8-10 games this season.


2019 Ohio State Class Report

DE Zach Harrison

RB Steele Chambers

OL Harry Miller

WR Jameson Williams

OG Enokk Vimahi

LB Tommy Eichenberg

OL Ryan Jacoby

RB Marcus Crowley

One Response

  1. Having lived in Indiana for more than 40 yrs. this Buckeye born and bred has taken to basketball . The local Marion Giants have been national rated over the yrs. Having said that I have seen many Dawand physical types who played hoops from grade K on up do very well. Zack Randolph for one comes quickly to mind was 6’9″ and well over 300 lbs. There were a couple others lesser known locally that had excellent feet and rebounding talent .

    I was very excited when tOSU got his committment because I strongly feel that Mr. Jones will go as far as he wants.

    I would like to have seen our man K. Wesson on the field. What could that have been!?

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