Huber Heights, Ohio, might be about 200 miles from Cleveland, but the Dayton suburb might have a direct impact on Ohio State's efforts to recruit two players from Glenville.
On June 3, the Buckeyes secured a verbal commitment from the nation's top quarterback prospect in Braxton Miller from Huber Heights Wayne. During a press conference in his high school's auditorium, the five-star prospect said the Buckeyes told him they would not offer a scholarship to any other quarterbacks for the class of 2011 unless they felt they would not land him.
That would mean no scholarship offer for Glenville quarterback Cardale Jones, a three-star prospect ranked No. 24 nationally at his position. No offer for Jones might now mean no commitment from Shane Wynn, a three-star prospect ranked No. 118 nationally at his position.
Monday, both players told BuckeyeSports.com that they consider themselves a package deal when it comes to selecting a college.
"At college, there's going to be thousands and thousands of people that you don't know and there's going to be a benefit with knowing at least one of them or more," Jones said. "We already have a relationship on and off the field so it won't be like, ‘Hey, I've got to get used to this new guy running routes for me or throwing me the ball.' We already have certain things down pat."
Jones and Wynn have a relationship that goes back to their earliest days of playing football. When he was eight years old, Jones said he could recall going against Wynn as he lined up for the East Cleveland Chiefs. Then a member of the Glenville Titans, Jones said Wynn was the type of player who could defeat teams by himself due to his impressive speed.
Although the thought was that Jones would end up at Glenville and Wynn at Senate League foe Collinwood, the duo both signed up to play for the Tarblooders as freshmen.
"I went to Glenville because I knew I could get a scholarship over there and I knew that the Glenville people I was playing with would also be good so we would have a good team," Wynn said.
According to the wideout, it took all of a few days for the two athletes to start planning to suit up together in college.
The snag in the process is that the Buckeyes are Wynn's top school but they have not offered the 6-5, 230-pound Jones. Should that hold true until National Signing Day, both players said they would end up signing elsewhere.
"If they didn't offer me and they (have already) offered Shane and I was ready to commit (elsewhere), him and I would commit to the same school," Jones said.
Asked what he would do in that situation, the 5-8, 155-pound Wynn said, "That hasn't come yet, but we're trying to stick together so we would probably look for other options."
Bowling Green, Illinois and West Virginia are known to have offered both Tarblooders. Should the Buckeyes join that mix, Wynn said the two would be headed to Columbus and bringing fellow Tarblooders Andre Sturdivant and Aundrey Walker with them.
"Of course, all four of us would (go to OSU) then," Wynn said. "If a school was smart they would offer all of us because they know we're trying to stay together."
Both Sturdivant and Walker already hold offers from the Buckeyes. Jones said he is in no hurry to make a final decision, adding that he will issue a commitment when he feels the time is right. Likewise, Wynn said he does not plan to rush his decision but did list the Buckeyes as his top school right now.
Asked if he thinks OSU will offer, the quarterback said, "I do, but I'm not in a rush for it and they're not in a rush to offer me."
Jones said he had not heard that Miller said the Buckeyes told him they would not offer any other quarterbacks but added that the comment did not surprise him.
"If I was Ohio State I would tell him the same thing because locking down the No. 1 (quarterback) recruit in the nation is big," he said. "I would do the same thing to get him also.
"Hey, if it's true, I will go somewhere else. If not, I'm not saying I would commit to Ohio State or go there for sure. It's all about competing for me. It's about the competition, whether it's at Ohio State or somewhere else."