11W Recruiting Roundup: Everything is Elueminated

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 26, 2013 at 4:00p
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Remember about two months ago when the collective moaning – and subsequent groaning – about the Ohio State offensive line recruiting situation was loud enough to drown out 108,000 Michigan fans rattling keys with all of their might?

It's All Coming TogetherThis is the motto. This is the motto. This is the motto. 

Welp, things are about to get real.

Last week the Buckeyes made serious moves on the recruiting front, snagging an unexpected commitment from Norfolk (Va.) star defensive end Jayln Holmes. Then, Georgia quarterback Stephen Collier and Indianapolis speedster Terry McLaurin followed suit, giving Ohio State three new verbals in a four day span. All three are heading to Oregon to represent the Scarlet and Gray for Nike's The Opening, and their pledges have revitalized and reinvigorated the Buckeyes' recruiting efforts.

The next domino to fall could – and by many accounts should  come tomorrow as Chicago native and top-five offensive lineman Jamarco Jones will announce his college choice at 2 p.m. Jones has been a key target for the Buckeyes for almost a year and a commitment to Ohio State, which is heavily predicted, would be a big recruiting win for the Buckeyes. Not only because Jones plays a position of serious need for the Buckeyes, but because their biggest competition for the star tackle is a pair of Big Ten foes, Michigan and Michigan State, and a head-to-head victory is always good for the soul.

If Jones verbals to Ohio State tomorrow, he would be the third offensive lineman in what could end up being one of the best offensive line hauls in Buckeye history, rivaling the 2008 "Brew Crew" in both numbers and stars. With Kyle Trout and Marcelys Jones already in the fold, the Buckeyes could add three to four more big uglies starting with Jones tomorrow. Not bad for what has been commonly perceived as the greatest flaw in Urban Meyer's recruiting philosophy since arriving in Columbus.

Who is the most likely to make the call for the Buckeyes? Let's take a closer look. 

After Jones makes his announcement tomorrow, things are likely to get much clearer along the Buckeye offensive line. If Jones chooses the Buckeyes, then Ohio State will look to add two — maybe three — more guys and that list is probably going to start with Jermaine Eluemunor, a 6-foot-6, 300 pound JUCO star from Scranton (Pa.) who is currently committed to UCLA. Eluemunor visited Ohio State last weekend and immediately rumors started circulating that a storm was "Bruin" that would culminate in Eluemunor's ultimate flip: a commitment to Ohio State.

While that has not happened yet it will be a bit of a shock if the Buckeyes don't receive a commitment from Eluemunor in the very near future. The only holdup currently is a trip to  Arkansas that Eluemunor had been planning for some time. Originally scheduled for mid-July, Eluemunor is hoping to move that visit up to this weekend, but it's now up in the air. Does the England native see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel? It's starting to look that way and he is looking to end his recruitment sooner rather than later. Eluemunor has been "wowed" at UCLA and Ohio State, and he admits freely that this process has shown him more than he anticipated it would, a product of growing up in the UK.

"I've never been to a university before so going to all these schools amazes me," Eluemunor told Eleven Warriors. "I've never seen anything like because we don't have schools like this in England."

Try and take it easy on the big fella if he falls in love easy, that's all I am saying. He also informed us that if (when?) he commits to Ohio State that he will not take any more visits and that he will be 100-percent done with recruiting.

So, Trout, Jones, Jones, and Eluemunor in the hypothetical mix means one or two left, and that's where things get interesting.

Another JUCO, Chad Mavety was recently at Ohio State and is still very high on the Buckeyes. While many believe that Meyer and staff would only take one of the two junior college players, I tend to believe that's not true. If Mavety and Eluemunor both want in, then the Buckeyes will gladly take both. What gives Mavety an edge over other prep players that could play along the offensive line is the timeframe in which he intends to commit. Mavety recently updated his timeline from the fall to the end of July or early August, and that means he's tiring of the process and is seeing opportunities closing. Are those opportunities related to Ohio State and its suddenly filling offensive line class? That remains to be seen. I still think Mavety is in, and that leaves Ohio State with one final opening along the offensive line if it's a player with serious chops.

Can Zach Smith turn a Prince into a Buckeye?Sorry, Spindoctors, but there's just one Prince standing before OSU.

Well, it so happens that there are two players left that fit that specific description: Maryland's Damian Prince and Fort Worth (Texas) standout Demetrius Knox. Either Prince or Knox would be an excellent cherry on top of this mammoth offensive line class, and again it's likely to come down to one key element: timing.

Prince visited Ohio State last week and got his first taste of the Buckeye program and upon his departure the Buckeyes were suddenly the favorite for the Bishop McNamara five-star. Prince was escorted around campus by a legion of Buckeye dignitaries – including hopeful future teammate Kyle Trout – and loved everything about his Buckeye visit. While he didn't commit, the Buckeyes made enough of an impression to vault them to the top of his list. Can they stay there until February when Prince will choose on signing day? That's the biggest question about this big guy. He's a talent that Ohio State will wait for and take no matter what, if the chance comes their way. I expect this be an Ohio State vs Maryland battle when it's all said and done.

Last but not least is the curious case of Demetrius "Meechy77" Knox. Make no mistake, Meech is a Buckeye fan, but the UCLA rumblings have been persistent and seem to get louder daily. Ironically, it's the potential loss of Eluemunor from UCLA that could swing things in the Buckeyes favor. Knox, who was born in Springfield, Ohio and has been a lifelong Buckeye fan will choose between head and heart and it's not going to be an easy choice for a 17-year-old to make. He's grown to know Eluemunor well and the two have discussed playing alongside one another in college. If he wants to be a Buckeye, Knox will let it be known and the Buckeyes will be glad to take him. He's a big, nasty, angry guard with great feet and he's perfect for the offensive line in Columbus. 

Bottom line, if you want in on this class, it's getting to be high time to make the call. It's becoming increasingly more likely that Ohio State could take six offensive lineman in the 2014 class, but seven? 

We'll see.

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ATXbucknut's picture

Really good stuff. Just when I think I know everything about the '14 class you teach me that Eluemunor and Knox are buddies, that Eluemunor grew up in the UK, and that people still reference the Spindoctors. Jolly good show, Jeremy!

Squirrel Master's picture

Could we even see a possibility of Alex Bookser too, maybe they will take 8!! 8!! 8 linemen!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Urban Nation Army's picture

Now keep this at 8 upvotes!
edit: Or not....

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

Stinson's picture

Eight!! Eight!! Eight National Championships!

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

BuckeyeUte's picture

Absolutely LOVE the big nasty prospects... Have always thought are line has played great but not elite. Bringing in 5-6 offensive linemen in would be B1G! SCUM had a great haul last year and we definitely need ours this year. It is always awesome to get those play makers, but the battle is won in the trenches. 

Seth4Bucks's picture

How does OSU stand for 2015 OL recruits? Or maybe better question this early would be how does the 2015 class shape up as far a OL quality and depth? It's still too early to tell how this class will end up, but I'd love to see 5-7 top quality OL come into the program.
Hypothetically, those seven wouldn't be too much of a problem for me as two would be JUCO guys who wouldn't stay 3-4 years. I've been worried about OL recruiting and depth, but those concerns seem to be falling off with all the good OL news I've been hearing.​ Awesome!

Max Power's picture

Although Offensive Line is the top priority in this class, would it be wise for our staff to accept 7 linemen when we are likely to welcome more in next years class? We are running low on schollies and with guys like Marshon Lattimore and Raekwon McMillan reserving spots unless they commit elsewhere, it kind of worries me to see so many scholarships going out to OLs albeit very talented ones. McMillan and Lattimore are players we cant say no to.

Hovenaut's picture

It is....

O-line time.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

ab42beerman's picture

Hell, I'd be happy with Jemarco Jones and one of the JUCO guys and only taking four linemen.  The thought of 5 or 6 in one class does not compute to me.  Tress / Bollman O-line recruiting must have ruined me.  I'm willing to change though. 

chirobuck's picture

are things really looking that good for Jones now?? it seemed the last few days people were all about 50/50 with him
tomorrow can't get here soon enough

 
^ best post ever ^

RBuck's picture

I expect this be an Ohio State vs Maryland battle when it's all said and done.

 
No Contest.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

tennbuckeye19's picture

You haven't forgotten what happened with Diggs, have you?

jmw's picture

And Taivon Jacobs...however, he is from DC and (I thought) his brother plays at Maryland.

jw

Braxton2Devin's picture

Damn I completely forgot about Jacobs!

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

I had not forgotten about Diggs. I had slightly spaced on Jacobs, though. Recruiting amnesia must kick in from time to time to allow me to remember the important things in life like my children's names, my wedding anniversary, and Mike Mitchell's 40-yard dash time at the Opening.

HighBallAce's picture

We're supposed to remember our wedding anniversary? Ok, now that's just asking for too much!

SilverState's picture

"Either Prince or Knox would be an excellent cherry on top of this mammoth offensive line class, and again it's likely to come down to one key element: timing."

Young_Turk's picture

Galileo was right!  

MN Buckeye's picture

+1 for the Galileo reference!

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

Ah, le mot juste!

The Ohio State University Class of 2001
BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

Earle's picture

Did Galileo work at Sea World?  I must've missed that in his biography.

Italics are for emphasis.

osubuck57's picture

Great write up on our O-line and how it stands now. Things could change in a hurry and am glad we're taking such a nice O-line class. Don't know what 2015 will bring and we got 4 graduating after this season. Hope for good news tomorrow,but won't be surprised either way.

SCOTTC.

tottenOSU15's picture

If we get both Eluemunor and Mavety what positions would they play?

chirobuck's picture

thats a good question.....I can't see Decker getting moved to gaurd
it would be a good problem to have thats all I know

 
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AndyVance's picture

I say bring on the big eaters!

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

[...in walks Brady Hoke to look for buffet line...]

Wilkins78's picture

I'm super excited about all the great recruiting news coming our way!  I'm trying to ignore this nagging worry that when so many recruits at the same position come in the same year that it 1) hurts our recruiting at that position the next year or so, and b) will lead to a rash of transfers when all these stud recruits don't see the field or feel like they can't crack the depth chart in the coming years.  Someone put me at ease here!

DallasTheologian's picture

We are losing 4 starting O linemen next year. We need a lot of linemen this year, and ones that can potentially play right away (thus the Jucos). There are more places to play along the line so a logjam at OL is a little less likely than one at RB or WR or even QB. They are different animals. 

redfox's picture

For some reason i get the feeling that Knox and McMillian are both playing games with Ohio State and will end up going to another school.

steensn's picture

"Playing games" is a bit harsh IMO.

b_pbucksfans's picture

Raekwon has been to OSU at least 4 times on his own dime, coming up from Georgia. Big waste of money to "play a game" with Urbs and OSU IMO.

RBuck's picture

Rule #36: If you think you're getting played, you probably are. ~ Leroy Jethro Gibbs

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

BuckSince79's picture

At the end of this class I, or someone not as lazy as myself, should put together a comparison of the O Line hauls -OSU 2014 vs TSUN 2013.  I know comparing kids who haven't play a down is pointless but for the star gazers it would be interesting to see how the two classes stack up against each other.  I remember the countless comments by SCUM fans on how awesome their O LINE haul was last year.  And how they were going to win the battle of the trenches against the likes of Diesel and Spence.  Definitely would be interesting to say the least.

DenBuck's picture

Is Prince a better prospect than Knox?

Buckeye For Life

BuckSince79's picture

Different positions so hard to compare.  One tackle the other guard.  Prince is the more highly rated of the two.

MAVBuck's picture

I see nothing wrong with 7 if 2 are juco guys. Just means it opens it up a little bit for next years class

bdegroff's picture

I believe it would be better to bring in 6 lineman for the class of 2014. As was said earlier, Urban is losing 4 starters after this season. Secondly, depth becomes an issue when a team loses that many players at one position. Options, options, options, that's the key. One injury and it throws off the balance of the entire line. As a coach, it's relaxing knowing there is another stud coming off the bench. Its also relaxes the big guys up front knowing the next guy in can do the job. Build the front lines, everything else will fall into place. It seems Urban is doing just that.

bucknut24's picture

Hell, if Alabama can stockpile linemen then so can we.  I say sign them all!

Crimson's picture

a storm was "Bruin"

If Eluemunor commits to tOSU, this will be a classic.  It already makes you sound like a cruel poet.

OSUs12-OH's picture

Great stuff and I'm not trying to look into things too much but...

"Knox, who was born in Springfield, Ohio and has been a lifelong Buckeye fan will choose between head and heart and it's not going to be an easy choice for a 17-year-old to make. He's grown to know Eluemunor well and the two have discussed playing alongside one another in college. If he wants to be a Buckeye, Knox will let it be known and the Buckeyes will be glad to take him. He's a big, nasty, angry guard with great feet and he's perfect for the offensive line in Columbus. "

this personally sounds good to me.  I have a feeling if Eluemunor decides in the near future to attend OSU, that will be good news for landing Knox too.  Then I tend to think that Meechy commits at the PSU game under the lights (before or after).  May be my (and many others) preconceived notions of Big Meech going west is just that, premature.  Guess we'll wait and see;-)

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

pjtobin's picture

We are going to need two separate airplanes to and from Pasadena. One for all these beastly lineman with the crystal football in tow. And one for the rest of the team and band. Airplanes have a weight limit. Amiright?

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

buckskin's picture

We've got the skill spots nailed down, now let's get the men who win the game for you, the big nasties.  Take all 7 if they want to come, including the 2 jucos.  

buckeyedude's picture

I swear sometimes I think UFM follows 11W. Just when the noise from the fans complaining about not getting a gray box for a long time was increasing, OSU lands all of these young studs.
My question is simple: If Knox chooses Ohio State, is he going with his "head" or his "heart?"

 

 

MassiveAttack's picture

Urban is seven moves ahead of 11W.  He is a Master Recruiter TM