11W Community Interview: Jamarco Jones

By Jeremy Birmingham on July 28, 2013 at 6:00p
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The 11W Community Interview is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. You submit the questions, vote on them, and then we pass the top ones on to the biggest names in the world of Ohio State athletics.

Welcome back to Sunday night and with it, the next phase in the 11W Community Interview series, this week featuring the latest Ohio State commitment from the 2014 recruiting class, Chicago De La Salle Institute offensive lineman Jamarco Jones.

Jones committed to Ohio State on June 28th, selecting the Buckeyes ahead of rivals Michigan and Michigan State, each of which came on strong in their attempts to lure Jones in the final month of his recruitment. This past weekend, Jamarco was one of 11 Ohio State commitments that traveled to Columbus to take in Friday Night Lights at the Horseshoe. Whiles Jones did not work out at the camp, his presence — as well as his fellow Buckeye commitments — showcases their efforts to tighten their bonds as a group.

Let's talk to Jamarco Jones, 2014 Buckeye commitment.

What was your biggest factor in choosing a college that best fit you, and what was it about Ohio State that sealed the deal? - WeZBuck28

JJ: I wanted to go somewhere that will give me an opportunity to earn a great degree, compete for National Championships and a place I felt comfortable being. I felt Ohio State could give me all of these things, so choosing the Buckeyes made sense.

Which position on the line do you fashion as the your spot? - GoBucks96

JJ: Left Tackle. That's where I feel mosts comfortable and that's where the Ohio State coaches see me.

You picked Ohio State over MSU and Michigan in what seemed like a close race.  Was there one deciding factor in picking OSU, or was it the total OSU package that helped you cast your vote?  - Buckskin

Jones chillin with his future coach, NBD.Jones just felt comfortable with Ohio State.

JJ: It was a very hard decision for me that took me until the day before to make my final decision. I chose Ohio State because it had the best overall opportunity for me to grow academically, athletically and also as a person.

What advice would you give any younger players who may be experiencing the recruiting scene in the next few years? - KeithMC33

JJ: I would tell them to not listen to outside sources when it comes to their decision. Pick the school and the coaching staff they feel most comfortable with.

Can you tell us about Core 6? What do the do for you? Does it cost to be a member? Other things you would like us to know about it. - ODeez330

JJ: Core 6 is a great place to train year round. It gives us the opportunity to workout and compete with the best players in the area, which is a big benefit. We are able to do multiple things, like position training or just regular workouts. 

While it's obvious players come to a program with a desire to play, what do you bring to the table that will make you a viable candidate to start, even as a true freshman? - Sox33OSU

JJ: I bring the athleticism needed nowadays at the tackle spot to go along with the size and skill. I'm going to work so hard to get better every day, and that is what I believe makes me a candidate to start.

What is Jamarco Jones like away from the football field? - MN Buckeye 

I chose Ohio State because it had the best overall opportunity for me to grow...as a person.

JJ: Away from football I'm a regular kid, I guess. I like to hangout with friends, play basketball and just have fun. 

Many feel that playing well on the offensive line is all about physical power.  How does mental strength play a roll in your game particularly in a Coach Meyer style offense.  - BuckGuyFan1

JJ: In any style as an offensive lineman you have always be mentally prepared at all times. At my school I have to make all the line calls for everyone so I read defenses and make our calls. You have to understand personal, defensive concepts and things like that which can become very hard when you're tired so it does take quite a bit of mental toughness.

Are there other OL prospects in this class you want to team up with? - Urban Nation Army

JJ: I'm trying to recruit Demetrius Knox right now. I would love for him to join our class, I think that we could be a great offensive line class.

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Comments

buckguyfan1's picture

Welcome to the Family my Man!  Nice job answering the questions! 

Basso Profondo's picture

You'll make one heck of a Left Tackle Mr. Jones, Buckeye Nation is glad to have you on board. 

buckskin's picture

Mr. Knox committed today.  Job well done Jamarco.  Looking forward to seeing the tandem in years to come.  

Buckeyefan4life's picture

Congrats, sounds like a great kid

HotSauceCommittee's picture

Welcome aboard. Thanks for being part of what looks like a great o-line haul. 

Poison nuts's picture

Well Jamarco - I'm starting to think you are going to be a part of one of the better OLine hauls at OSU ever...thanks for the answers - looking forward to the next 4 years for sure.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Hovenaut's picture

Enjoyed reading Jamarco's responses, another well spoken young man.

It's been great reading these interviews. Aside from the chance for 11W commentariats to interact with new Buckeyes, it shows us a little more about these young men that we wouldn't normally get with standard press clippings/highlight vids.

Best of all, we're seeing/hearing first hand just how grounded this class seems to be. I'm as excited for the current Buckeyes and the upcoming season, but the future looks just as solid with young men like young Mr. Jones and company on board.

Go Buckeyes!

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

MN Buckeye's picture

Agreed, Hove. These young men are not only talented football players, they are character kids. Jamarco brings a high level of intelligence and awareness, as evidenced by his academic record and his level of communication.

Jugdish's picture

I am so glad you are a Buckeye. You will be an anchor on one of the best OL in the history of OSU football.

Remember to get your wolverine spade or neutered. TBDBITL

Urban Nation Army's picture

Hmmm that last question was a bit prophetic huh? ;)

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

tennbuckeye19's picture

This O-line is shaping up quite nicely. I'm pumped to have Jamarco on board for 2014. 

LouGroza's picture

Nice job with the recruitment of Demetrius Knox, JJ.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great to learn a little bit more about Jamarco!  Sounds like a really smart guy.  I think the OL class in 2014 is really going to be one of the best in the nation!  Go Bucks!!

MN Buckeye's picture

Thanks for taking time to respond to Buckeye Nation, Mr. Jones!

osubuck57's picture

Glad J. Jones is a part of "The Dream" 2014!! Classy young man and well spoken on and off the field.

SCOTTC.

BuckeyeSouth's picture

Glad to have you as a member of Buckeye Nation!

Embrace it.

GV9's picture

Sounds like a quality young man all around.  So glad to have him in Scarlet and Gray for the coming years!   
The 2014 OL class is shaping up to be Great!  Can't Wait.  

buckz4evr's picture

I am so excited to see this line develop into possibly the best line we have ever seen at Ohio State and you, Mr. Jones, will be one of the anchors.  I can't wait either, GV9.
 

Buckabroad's picture

What impresses me especially about Jamarco is that he, in addition to being an exceptional athlete, he clearly is thoughtful, intelligent and articulate. I could easily see him in a wildly successful head coaching position after a long and outstanding career both in S&G and in the NFL, if he should chose such a course. It is a great honor to have Jamarco with us in Buckeye Nation.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Jamarco is a large young man... Imagine him after a year of growing, THEN having Mickey get hold of him!