Offensive Line Recruiting Situation

The Buckeyes landed four highly rated offensive lineman early on but are still in search of another. Here is a breakdown of where the situation currently stands.

The Buckeyes have reeled in four commits along the offensive line so far. It's a highly rated group and one of the best hauls at the position in the nation.

After a few misses on some other elite players at the position Ohio State is still in hot pursuit to land another gem at the position.

COMMITS

Jamarco Jones. Four-star offensive tackle. Chicago (IL) De La Salle. He doesn't project to be a left tackle at the next level but would be able to handle the responsibilities at right tackle. He recovered from shoulder surgery and had an excellent senior season. Under Armour All-American.

Demetrius Knox. Four-star offensive guard. Fort Worth (TX) All Saints Episcopal. After being committed to Texas Knox opened up his recruitment and eventually committed to Ohio State. He has a chance to land in the two-deep right away next season. U.S. Army All-American.

Kyle Trout. Four-star offensive tackle. Lancaster (OH). He has the size to play left tackle but is much more comfortable at right tackle at this stage. He is very physical and has made a tremendous leap in the past few months. I expect Trout to be a starter at Ohio State later on in his career.

Marcelys Jones. Three-star offensive guard. Cleveland (OH) Glenville. He doesn't always perform at a high level but when he puts it all together he can play with the best in his country for his age. Jones shows glimpses but needs to add a bit more discipline and consistency to his game. He's a project with risk but could also turn into a high reward for Ohio State if it all comes together for him. U.S. Army All-American.

THE MISSES

Every school misses on a few targets at each position every recruiting cycle and the Buckeye staff was no different.

Chad Mavety, Jermaine Eluemunor, Alex Bookser, Quenton Nelson, and Jimmy Byrne

REMAINING TARGETS

Frank Ragnow. Four-star offensive guard. Chanhassen (MN). His most recent visit was to Florida State and Arkansas and Minnesota are also in the mix. He's in the process of setting up a potential official visit to Ohio State. He may still be a fallback plan at this point in time.

Roderick Johnson. Four-star offensive tackle. Florissant (MO) Hazelwood Central. Johnson has named a top three of Florida State, Ohio State, and Alabama in that order. He hasn't committed to the Seminoles yet after his official visit there yet which is obviously a good sign for the Buckeyes. Like Ragnow, Johnson is contemplating setting up an official visit to see Ohio State in January. He would be a primary target at this point and a scheduled visit would put this one in the serious stages.

Brady Taylor. Three-star offensive tackle. Columbus (OH) Bishop Ready. He's currently committed to Virginia Tech but was seen as a visitor at a few Ohio State home games during the season. An offer would not surprise me but it's also not anywhere near a certainty either. If Taylor gets offered, an ensuing commitment wouldn't be too far behind.

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