COMMITTED: Catching Up With Marcelys Jones

By Derek Young on December 26, 2012 at 6:00p

Urban Meyer and Ohio State received a 6-5/325 present under the tree on Christmas Day, when Cleveland (OH) Glenville OL Marcelys Jones became the first verbal commitment for the Buckeyes' 2014 recruiting class.

Marcelys Jones is a big start for the Buckeyes 2014 class.Marcelys Jones becomes number one for 2014 

Jones was a bit of a surprise to be the first pledge in the class for a few reasons. The first of those reasons is that Glenville players typically wait throughout the recruiting cycle to announce their college choice.

Another reason the news came as a shock to some was that it was believed that Meyer wanted all 2014 prospects to wait until after National Signing Day for the 2013 class to announce their intentions to come to Columbus.

Finally, many believed that Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary star LB Dante Booker would be the first junior prospect to pledge to OSU.

Offensive line is expected to be a position of emphasis in the 2014 class, maybe a reason why Jones was the first domino to fall, and with him now in the fold, Ohio State will look to add three or four more to the group.

Possible targets that could claim those spots are Jamarco Jones, KC McDermott, Damian Prince, Nick Richardson, Kyle Trout, and Nathaniel Devers, although others are sure to enter the picture as the staff evaluates more film of the past season.

Jones was in Atlanta for the holidays, but woke up Christmas morning and knew it was the right time to make the decision. He made the call to Urban shortly after talking to his family, and the Ohio State coaches welcomed him into the family and told him to kick-start the class on a strong note.

Join us after the jump to find out what the draw to OSU was for Jones, as well as why he decided now was the time to become the first member of the Ohio State 2014 recruiting class.

What made you decide to commit to Ohio State?

I just love the Buckeyes and felt it was where I needed to be. It is a special school and it felt like the right fit for me. I knew it was where I wanted to be.

What was Coach Meyer's reaction to the news you brought him on Christmas morning?

He was super excited, but surprised. He thought I would wait it out. Coach Meyer said it was one of his best Christmas presents. 

Was there any reasoning behind your choice to be the first commit of the class?

I am real excited to go and play for Ohio State. I didn't want to wait any longer. The honor of being the first commit is amazing. Making this the best class possible is a responsibility I wanted. I'm going to work hard to recruit others, and I think we will have a few more commits soon. I know that when I come back to Ohio I am going to work on [my teammate] Marshon Lattimore to follow me to OSU.

How does it feel to now know you're going to play for Ohio State?

It's awesome. I'm very excited to be committed to Ohio State. I want to bring home a national championship for Coach Meyer and the Buckeyes.

Has the coaching staff mentioned what position you'll likely play for the Buckeyes?

We both have said that we'll let that take care of itself when I get to Ohio State. They just want me to continue to become a better person on and off the field. At this point I expect to play offensive tackle or guard, though.

Do you have any plans to visit Ohio State in the near future?

I am sure I will make it to Columbus in the spring. For right now it is time to work and get better in the offseason. I am focused on hitting the weight room and becoming a better player.



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trock's picture

He reminds me of Brewster with how he was recruiting other players to OSU

DefendOhio's picture

Lattimore would be a huge get for the bucks. Looking good. 

TENacious.D's picture

Once again, you can't coach size. Urban, Wariner & staff will take care of everything Marcelys needs to know in order to be a beast and a competitor. Welcome to Buckeye Nation big man.

Devin1024's picture

Good to have you young man and welcome to the family!

buckeye76BHop's picture

 I know that when I come back to Ohio I am going to work on [my teammate] Marshon Lattimore to follow me to OSU.

Have a feeling this is why Urban didn't say "hold off" as he supposedly has others in the 2014 class.  As Pantoni said..."let the dominos start to fall";-)  Merry Xmas All!

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Nkohl13's picture

Maybe he let him commit because he doesnt plan on getting any more O-line players in the class of '13. 

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

I see it as just the opposite; kind of getting the O-lineman monkey off of our back early and sending the message that the top linemen will be visiting Columbus. I see at least two more OL in this class.

BuckeyeAsylum's picture

I don't see how this is opposite of message you replied to, but I imagine you're both on the right track. 13 OL is done, so now 14 is the focus there and this is a guy looking to help recruit. So it gets a strong start to 14 OL and gets it with a guy who's going to help pitch in like Cam and crew did in 13.

I *really* like the gel that OSU has been forming with this. I didn't follow recruiting during Tressel era, so I have no idea if that era had this kind of player recruiting players so heavily, but it REALLY says a lot for future. This isn't a collection of talented people being slapped together, its a bond that is forming and coming together long before Urban and crew get in and start fitting all the pieces together in the best way possible. Just amazing.

WC Buckeye's picture

Does anyone else see this kid blocking right up to the whistle? I FREAKING LOVE THIS! Welcome to Buckeye nation, young man!!

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BuckeyeAsylum's picture

Short clip, but I like the "motor" he has. Dead stops the guys coming at him, and seems to pretty much have no struggle pushing guys back for a run block. No idea the competition level in the clips, but he seems to have his way now. Can't imagine how powerful that could be once some work is put in from OSU staff.

WC Buckeye's picture

MMM hmmmm. If he grows a few more inches and stays at about the same weight (or turns a little more of what he's got into muscle - both likely given that he's a Junior), we could be talking Orlando Pace territory. Yowza.

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cinserious's picture

off topic but can anybody tell me why i cant watch 95% of the youtube videos I ever try to acess anymore? WTF? I was frustrated before but now I'm missing out on Buckeye recruit highlights, now I'm pissed!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

trock's picture

Have you tried to click the title or link that will send you to Youtube to watch it?

Poison nuts's picture

Seems like a really good kid as well as an animal on the field. Welcome!

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Knarcisi's picture

Seems like he has a bit of a mean streak.  I like. 

Troy0782's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation, young man! Now that the first domino has fallen, no doubt the ball will get rolling on the what should be a stellar class of 2014.