Young's Buckeye Board: Offensive Line

Ohio State currently has seven commits to the 2014 recruiting class, and the assistant coaches have hit the road during the spring evaluation period checking out top prospects. Who is on the Buckeye recruiting board? Derek Young takes a look at the offensive line.


COMMITTED (2): Marcelys Jones and Kyle Trout.


1- Jamarco Jones

Jamarco Jones is alone at the top because they would hold a spot for him, regardless. They saw him at their underclassmen camp last June and offered him immediately afterwards.

Since then, the staff has not let up in the recruitment of Jones. They have hosted him on a handful of visits and contact him at any point allowed by the NCAA rules. The Ohio State staff has made him a priority and recruited him as hard as anyone in the 2014 class. I think they get him too.

2- Chad Mavety and Jermaine Eluemunor.

Second on the list are the junior college offensive linemen that hold Ohio State offers. I have felt for a while that they will only take one. The Buckeyes need an offensive lineman that can step in right away a year from now and contribute and the best route to go in is the junior college ranks.

I lean towards Mavety being the selection, but only because his interest in Ohio State is a bit more serious at this point in time. Mavety is viewed as a bookend left tackle by Buckeyes' assistant Ed Warinner and those are difficult to find.

Eluemunor may make more sense as the pick of the litter among the junior college linemen due to his versatility along the offensive line. Heading into his junior year, it is expected that Taylor Decker will be the left tackle Ohio State needs. It is carving out the other positions along the line that will need to be addressed. Eluemunor would serve that role.

3- Alex Bookser, Damian Prince, Demetrius Knox, Quenton Nelson, David Sharpe, and Braden Smith.

The third group consists of the offensive linemen with offers that have expressed genuine interest in Ohio State or have visited the campus. With two linemen already in the hopper, being in good position to land a top priority in Jones, and a junior college lineman likely to be added, only one from this group could be added to the class.

Demetrius Knox may be the most likely out of the six. He recently decommitted from Texas on the heels of an unofficial visit to Columbus. Knox is from Ohio and has a strong connection to Ohio State. Another visit will be needed but it is trending in the Buckeyes' direction.

Alex Bookser, Quenton Nelson, and Braden Smith have all visited Ohio State this spring. The Buckeyes are battling it out with a ton of teams for the trio of talent. Damian Prince and David Sharpe both have told Scout that Ohio State is among the group of schools recruiting each the hardest. A visit over the summer from either would be a great indicator on where things stand between them and Ohio State.

4- Natrell Curtis, Roderick Johnson, and Orlando Brown Jr.

The last group is comprised of the prospects with offers from the Buckeyes but huge long shots to be a part of the class. The mutual interest has been scarce.

Curtis and Johnson have yet to step foot at Ohio State, while Orlando Brown Jr. announced a top three that did not include the Buckeyes. The statuses of the three can change at the drop of a hat but it is very unlikely they will be playing their college football in Columbus.

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