Instant Impact: Jamarco Jones

Ohio State's recruiting class grew to 14 with the commitment Thursday of four-star offensive tackle Jamarco Jones. We take a look at what kind of player the Buckeyes are getting and what this means for the 2014 class inside.

Top-100 player Jamarco Jones has committed to Ohio State. The Chicago standout picked the Buckeyes over Michigan and Michigan State in a much-anticipated announcement. Jones provides Ohio State with top-shelf talent along the offensive line that the Buckeyes are in need of.

The Impact
Jamarco Jones may not be a pure left tackle but he can easily take on the duties of the position in Ohio State's spread offense. His versatility could also allow him to play other positions along the offensive line. I can see Jones becoming a starter at a spot other than left tackle in the beginning but finishing up at left tackle. Depending on who else Ohio State lands in the class, he may never have to play the position, though.

Jones further aids Ohio State in their quest to bring in a great haul of offensive linemen this cycle. After signing only Evan Lisle and Tim Gardner in the last class, it is critical that the Buckeyes land a strong group. Jamarco Jones fits the bill and joins Kyle Trout and Marcelys Jones in the fold.

With four starters set to graduate after 2013 and what looks to be only one proven offensive lineman returning for the 2014 season in Taylor Decker, there are spots available for Jones to play right away as a true freshman. I wouldn't call it likely, but the offensive line that walks out there for the first game in 2014 should be a fun topic to be debated until then.

The Fallout
Jamarco Jones gives Ohio State its third commitment on the offensive line and 14th overall. The Buckeyes have been recruiting at warp speed the past month and a half, adding six verbal pledges during that time frame. I expect that pace to slow down extensively going forward, as it is not in this staff's nature to fill up that quick. The final number won't get much higher than 20, if it indeed surpasses that number. Needs still remain at offensive line and wide receiver in addition to top targets at a few other positions as well.

The Buckeyes are in a great spot with their offensive line class that should rank as among the best, if not the best, in the entire country at the end of the day. With three already in the hopper, more will certainly be added.

Ohio State is in the ballgame with blue chip prospects Damian Prince, Demetrius Knox, and junior college prospects Jermaine Eluemunor and Chad Mavety.


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