Eluemunor Ready to Trim List

With over 23 scholarship offers, including one from Wisconsin, Scranton (PA) Lackawanna Community College offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor says he plans to start trimming his list this week.

One of Gary Andersen first priorities after taking the head coaching job at the University of Wisconsin was to secure the committed players in the 2013 recruiting and fill out the class with the necessary players.

The next step was reaching out to the high-profile players Wisconsin had already developed a relationship with in the class of 2014, including Scranton (PA) Lackawanna Community College offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor.

"I was talking to them a lot before Christmas break and I was interested in Wisconsin, but then the coaching change happened and I didn't hear a lot from them," Eluemunor told Badger Nation. "As soon as they got that all figured out they started calling me again."

The "they" was Andersen, offensive line coach T.J. Woods and running back coach Thomas Hammock, who all told the Eluemunor that the Badgers are short on depth on the offensive line and that he could compete for playing time as soon as he steps foot on campus.

"They are more interested in me now than before," said Eluemunor. "They've been selling playing time and the amount of offensive line players they send to the NFL."

In addition to Wisconsin, Eluemunor – ranked a four-star recruit - has been offered by the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona State, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, West Virginia and UCLA. He said those schools have all been consistently talking to him throughout the process.

Eluemunor missed two weeks of spring practice in part because of knee tendinitis, causing him to not have as productive of a spring as he hoped for. Despite the problems, Eluemunor felt he increased his strength.

"I had a lot of fun this spring with my team," said Eluemunor. "I felt that when I did get back and I got a few practices under me, I really had a productive spring."

Eluemunor, who prepped at Morris Knolls High in Morristown, N.J., move to the United States from London in 2008. He said he was raw in football and no schools recruited him out of high school so he went the junior college route.

"I wasn't a good player," said Eluemunor. "I am hungrier now. I knowledge of the game wasn't as good as it is now. Down here I got the confidence to be a good player because of the good college coaching we have."

Eluemunor claims at least 23 offers and while he says he is still considering all his choices, he plans to start cutting down his list as early as this week.

"It's a pretty big list, so I want to start working on narrowing it," he said.

In his first year at Lackawanna, Eluemunor played left tackle, right tackle, right guard, and tight end for the Falcons. He'll start out the season at left tackle which is where most colleges like him at. Eluemunor is still on 18 years of age and won't turn 19 until December when he'll graduate Lackawanna and have three seasons to play two.

"My power stroke and my maturity is what I've been working on," said Eluemunor. "I want to mature more and become more physical. When I go to college, I want to be an All-American and a top 15 pick in the NFL draft. That's my goal along with helping my team win."

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