It's only July, but it appears Meyer is in the process of making that priority a reality. With four linemen in the fold, and more possibly on the way, where does Ohio State stand in recruiting the offensive line?
Demetrius Knox. Fort Worth (TX). 6-foot-4, 300-pounds. FOUR-STAR. Guard. Knox became the latest Buckeye commit Sunday afternoon, and he alone takes a very good group to potentially a great group. If they do not sign another offensive lineman, and I believe they will, adding Knox to the other three makes this position a plus. Time will tell how much better it can get. Knox is a true horse, and not a developmental project. The chances of him becoming a multi-year starter are excellent. Will more than likely play guard, but tackle is not out of the question in Meyer's spread offense. Regardless, the goal is to add talent so you have multiple options at the position group. Knox has talent. Lots of it.
Jamarco Jones. Chicago. 6-foot-5, 285-pounds. FOUR-STAR. Tackle. Jones committed to the Buckeyes in late June, and that commitment showed Buckeye Nation that this recruiting haul was going to be different than last year. The Buckeyes went head-to-head with Michigan and Michigan State, and came out a winner for the tackle. The chances of Jones becoming a multi-year starter are excellent. Should help solidify the tackle position for the near future, and is the athlete Meyer wants on the perimeter, while still having great size. There is very little risk to adding a Jamarco Jones, especially if his shoulder injury heals as expected. He fits perfectly in Ed Warriner's scheme, and should be a player that challenges for playing time early in his career.
Kyle Trout. Lancaster. 6-foot-6, 280-pounds. FOUR-STAR. Tackle. While Trout might not be as far along as Knox and Jones today, he has the potential to eventually be at their level. He has size and the foot quickness to succeed in Warriner's scheme, and although a developmental player, the ceiling is very high. Needs to learn pass-blocking, and that process should be expedited by going against Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington on a daily basis. Should be a redshirt candidate, but has the potential to pay huge dividends in time. Has a good chance of being a multi-year starter at Ohio State, and I believe the Buckeye staff has a good idea of exactly what they're getting with Kyle Trout. There is no downside to this player, and the upside is pretty well guaranteed.
Marcelys Jones. Glenville. 6-foot-4, 330-pounds. THREE-STAR. Guard. If Trout is as safe as putting money in the bank and drawing 1% interest, Jones is an investment in a Texas oil field. There is no doubting the ability to develop into a multi-year starter, but there is risk associated with Jones. And nearly every school in the country would sign up for this type of offensive lineman. Were he the only commit to the class, that would be even more risky, but with so many sure things, Jones is a player that Ohio State can dare to be great and hope they have the next Chance Warmack on their hands. Will he be an out of shape, unmotivated, overweight waste of talent that you run out of Dodge? Or does he mature physically and mentally, and realize the talent God has given him? Going to be fun to watch this career play out, and see what side of the Glenville line this one lands.
WHO'S NEXT FOR OHIO STATE?
Damian Prince. Forestville (MD). 6-foot-7, 310-pounds. FOUR-STAR. Tackle. CONFIDENCE RATING: HIGH.
Alex Bookser. Pittsburgh. 6-foot-6, 295-pounds. FOUR-STAR. Tackle. CONFIDENCE RATING: MEDIUM.
Chad Mavety. Nassau CC (NY). 6-foot-6, 320-pounds. FOUR-STAR. Tackle. CONFIDENCE RATING: MEDIUM.
Damien Mama. Bellflower (CA). 6-foot-4, 370-pounds. FIVE-STAR. Guard. CONFIDENCE RATING: LOW.
Jermaine Eluemunor. Scranton (PA). 6-foot-5, 315-pounds. FOUR-STAR. Tackle. CONFIDENCE RATING: LOW.