Better Know a Buckeye: Marcelys Jones

By Vico on February 13, 2014 at 11:30a
Glenville's Marcelys Jones
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It's that time again.

The college football off-season at Eleven Warriors provides us the opportunity to look forward to the 2014 season by providing a comprehensive recruiting profile of each of the signees in Ohio State's latest recruiting class. The sixth edition of this currently 23-part series titled Better Know A Buckeye starts with the first member of the recruiting class.

Marcelys Jones, an offensive guard prospect from the fabled Glenville program in Cleveland, broke ranks with his fellow Tarblooders by not only committing to Ohio State before National Signing Day's eleventh hour, but committing to Ohio State over 14 months before he put pen to paper. This story is retold below, complemented by reference to his brief flirtations with programs like Kentucky and Alabama.

Readers familiar with the series should know how the feature proceeds from there. After profiling his recruitment, I offer a discussion of his strengths and areas for improvement. I give a projection of a redshirt status in 2014 before offering highlight film and miscellaneous things about Jones that you may find interesting.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 340
High School: Glenville High School; Cleveland

His Recruitment

A Tarblooder from the well-regarded Glenville program that has produced scores of college football talent over the past decade, Marcelys Jones was always going to get noticed by the major Division I programs. The attention started to come as early as the summer of 2012, in which Marcelys Jones participated in the first Friday Night Lights camp hosted by Ohio State upon Urban Meyer's arrival to Ohio State. Jones' performance complemented a quality sophomore season for Glenville in the previous fall. He did well to underscore the interest he was getting from programs like Arizona State, Florida, Illinois, Tennessee, Wisconsin, UCLA, and USC.

Surprisingly, though, it was Ohio State that was the first scholarship offer for Jones. It is not unusual for Ohio State to try to get a lead on other programs with high profile prospects from places like Glenville, though it is a bit unusual that Ohio State should beat in-state MAC schools and other programs like Cincinnati and West Virginia to the punch. It was a big offer for Jones. The first scholarship offer was not only a marquee national program, but the one Jones followed and supported. Though quick to say he was in no hurry to offer a rushed commitment, and was not interested in saying "no" to any particular school, he did want to make a return trip to Columbus.

The months that followed saw Jones complete his junior season of football for the Tarblooders while making a few recruiting visits. Jones did make that return visit to see Ohio State maul Nebraska in early October. He saw Ohio State's 2012 team play again when he trekked to Columbus for the season finale against Michigan. He came away impressed each time.

Though Jones said he was in no hurry to make a commitment, something changed over the Christmas holidays during his junior to elicit a change of heart.

His Commitment

On Christmas morning of 2012, Marcelys Jones committed to Ohio State as the first member of Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class.

When Eleven Warriors interviewed Jones about his commitment, Jones offered the following.

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.

As for why Jones committed so early, he asked, "why not?"

Visits to Alabama and Kentucky

While Jones was the first commitment to Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class and ultimately signed with Ohio State 14 months later, his story did include flirtations with two SEC schools. The first was Alabama. The second, of all programs, was Kentucky.

Jones took a visit to Tuscaloosa in the summer of 2013 for a camp. His performance at the camp, along with Jones' experiences in Tuscaloosa, left a strong impression on Jones. From there, Jones shot up Alabama's board and Jones was eager to listen. 

Marcelys Jones and Chance Warmack

There was something unique about Alabama too. While Jones' tour of Southern schools included Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia Tech, Alabama was the only camp in which he suited up and worked out. The purpose of the trip, from Jones' perspective, may have been to help his younger teammates and future Buckeyes, Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith, gain visibility, but more followed.

Even meeting recent Alabama program alumnus, Chance Warmack, on his trip seemed to make the Alabama experience resonate. Warmack was a dominant offensive guard for Alabama by time he left, something Jones aspires to be in college.

At the time, Jones did not think that experience would lend itself to an official visit to Alabama. However, that ultimately happened for Alabama's 49-0 mop-up of the Chattanooga Mocs. Jones took the official visit with teammates Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore. While all enjoyed it, the consensus was that the experience was not overwhelming enough to threaten Ohio State's position with all three prospects, including the already committed Jones.

It was Kentucky, though, that fueled much of the message board speculation during the tail-end of his recruitment. While it seems alien that a program that won two games in 2013 and won zero conference games in the past two seasons should be in a position to flip Jones from Ohio State, the talk would not go away. Confusion surrounding Jones' mid-year agreement with Ohio State to enroll early compounded the intrigue. An official visit on December 7 gave way to even further speculation that Jones would possibly flip to Kentucky during the U.S. Army All-American Game.

Ohio State fans can breathe easy that never materialized. The clincher was Jones ultimately enrolling at Ohio State immediately after the U.S. Army All-American Game. His recruitment over, there is no longer any issue of him flipping to Mark Stoops' program in Lexington.

Where He Excels

Jones' greatest asset is his size. It is fitting that Jones wishes to pattern himself off Chance Warmack, who used a dominant senior season as a springboard to be the no. 10 overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. At 6-4 and 340 pounds, he has every bit of the frame that made him appealing to Ed Warinner.

Most of his strength is in his upper body. While most strength should come from the lower body, his current frame gives plenty with which to work.

More importantly than that, Jones has great footwork and agility for a guy his size. It follows him playing basketball through his youth. It was originally his first love.

Must Work On

Jones has considerable "upside", perhaps the greatest of any offensive lineman in this class. He is, though, very raw.

The aforementioned upper body strength seems to give him an incentive to play "high" after the snap. This is fine against high school competition, but it will get him bull-rushed in the college game. He could stand to improve on his leverage. He will need to learn to derive most of his power from his lower body and not his upper body.

Measuring at 340 pounds right now, he will need to be mindful of what "good weight" he needs and what "bad weight" he needs to shed. Fortunately, he is already addressing this in winter conditioning and with Ohio State football's nutrition program.

Finally, his footwork is great, but his speed off the line at the snap is only average from what I can gather. 

Redshirt?

I think so. Ohio State is replacing four of five offensive linemen. The one offensive lineman that returns happens to be a tackle, but I think there are more available answers right now at guard and center for Ohio State's two-deep in 2014. Jones may need to have an incredible spring and summer if he appears on the two-deep. If he is not on the two-deep for Ohio State's season-opener at Navy, the redshirt seems certain.

Highlights

Miscellany

  • The Eleven Warriors Community Interview with Marcelys Jones.
  • He is a cousin of Donovan Munger on his mom's side and Aundrey Walker on his father's side.
  • He is by far the earliest commitment to Ohio State from the Tarblooder program since the "pipeline" was formed in 2002.
  • He participated in the U.S. Army All-American Game, along with future teammates Dante Booker, Johnnie Dixon, Jaylyn Holmes, Demetrius Knox, Marshon Lattimore, Curtis Samuel, Erick Smith, and Damon Webb.
  • Glenville is still chasing that elusive state championship for Ted Ginn Sr. The Tarblooders' 2013 season ended in a loss in the state championship game to Loveland.
  • He also kicked for Glenville as a senior.
  • 247Sports.com lists him as the nation’s No. 13 offensive guard and the No. 11 prospect overall in Ohio.
24 Comments

Comments

BuckeyeJ's picture

Yes!!!! Absolutely one of my favs on 11w! 

thunderhawks51's picture

Can someone remind me what happened with the Aundrey Walker recruiting? 

tennbuckeye19's picture

He liked USC better than OSU.

Chise47's picture

U mean his Dad did, right ? Snoop was gonna give him a contract !!!

Edit: That was Seantrel Henderson, my bad.

sharks's picture

One of my favorite 11W features (and OHD before that). Nicely done.

The photo of him kicking is legendary, or should be.

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BucksfanXC's picture

OL seem to get redshirted a lot. It's gotta be one of the toughest positions to enter and play as a Freshmen. In high school you can be good just by being bigger and stronger than the other side, but come college you gotta develop great technique and learn lots of plays.

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Crimson's picture

At Ohio State, I think it's more about strength and technique than the playbook.  We package a lot of different plays with the same blocking schemes.

Iwearmocs's picture

Awesome! I love this series Vico!  Great work as always!

 

Buckeye06's picture

Have not read yet (will after this comment) but this is my favorite 11W segment...love hearing all the stuff that goes in from early on

m5987usus's picture

Marcelys Jones will be a special player, with the coaching from Ted Ginn SR. and the coaching from coach Meyer and Warriner, he will be a great OG IMO

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Barnsey69's picture

Love me some G-Ville recruits, keep em coming.

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otrain2416's picture

Early enrolling will help him shed that bad weight, get  a head start on the playbook, and could be a surprise on the two deep this fall. 

Jugdish's picture

Since Mike Mitchell was red shirted, every time I hear it now I get a little nauseated.

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DC-town's picture

Dude kicked a a senior....yes please on the YouTube video if anyone has it 

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Seattle Linga's picture

For as good as Ted Ginn Sr. is in fielding so many excellent High School teams and players - his one knock was not having a good kicker year after year. I am so impressed with this young man - his future is so bright.

teddyballgame's picture

Lot of potential with this one.  Coach Mick is salivating...

Poison nuts's picture

Glad this segment is back even if it means it's the off season...makes it go by a little faster.

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BuckeyeNation_330's picture

so for as big as the Sean Nuernberger is at 6'2" 230lbs can you imagine a  6'4" 340lbs Guard dropping back to kick one through the goal posts.

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Jbucks's picture

he could be a HUGE (pun intended) part of our line in the future. If he can get down to a good 320-325 by spring and shed that bad weight then he can get a good start on getting his base stronger as well

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Chise47's picture

This is the recruit I am cheering for the most out of the '14 class after all that was said about him 'playing games' with his recruiting process.

I hope he turns out to be the next Larry Allen, Randall McDaniel or Brian Waters, seriously. A few of our OL recruits flirted with other schools in the last minute & didn't get 20% the BS this kid did.

And Marcelys is Buckeye born & bred, remember that.

bergy22's picture

Man he looks every bit as big as Chance Warmack. Coach Mick will have him in top shape. Warriner will get this guy to play at a high level. Chance Warmack would be a tremendous goal/player for Marcelys to model himself after.

Seattle Linga's picture

Can't wait to see him mixing it up in the spring game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Squirrel Master's picture

Although I think Knox will be the better of the two, I don't think he is far behind. I think he is highly underrated. He might need to stop playing so high up, good Dlinemen will get leverage on him but he is pretty dominant once he gets his hands on his opponent.

and I told you all he wasn't going anywhere. All that concern and the whole time he kept saying he is ALL BUCKEYE. I knew he was sticking to his commitment.

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Bigg_Ant21614's picture

This isnt the best highlight tape of this guy! He's an absolute bully on the O-Line! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMjce-I_Gmw