Lackawanna College (Scranton, Pa.) offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor is planning to release a narrowed list in the next few weeks, but he hinted as to a few schools that will make the cut.
He is set to visit UCLA early next month, and USC in the middle of the month.
“I have visits planned to USC, UCLA, Arkansas, and Alabama,” Eleumunor said. “I’ll be going to UCLA June 7, and then USC June 17. I’m not sure when I’m going to Arkansas and Alabama, but I am at some point this summer.”
Eluemunor, who is 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, said Texas A&M and Texas Tech are also showing him plenty of interest, and schools such as Arizona State, Florida, Wisconsin, Florida State, Nebraska and West Virginia remain involved.
However, there is a reason he is planning to UCLA, USC, Arkansas and Alabama.
“I like USC and UCLA because of the coaches and because of the atmosphere and environment,” he said. “I’m really close to the offensive line coach at Alabama, and at Arkansas, I’m close with their staff because I was really close with the Wisconsin coaches, and because they were the first school on me, and most of them are now (at Arkansas).
“The thing they all have in common I that I’m really close with the coaches, and really comfortable. “
Eluemunor, who is originally from London, prepped at Morris Knolls High (Morristown, N.J.) but did not get recruited out of high school. However, that changed during the winter and spring as Eluemunor turned into one of the top junior college offensive line recruits in the nation.
It made the spring evaluation period hectic.
“It was fun getting to see all the coaches, getting to know them and stuff, and them seeing me in practice,” he said. “There were a lot of schools coming to see me, and a lot of phone calls and mail, too. Some coaches wanted me to call them daily, so that made it busy. “
Prior to a visit to Penn State a few months ago, Eluemunor said never set foot on a four-year college campus, so gaining familiarity with programs and schools occupied a lot of his time.
“At first, it was overwhelming,” he said. “I’ve never really been through something like this before. As I went through it, and as I got into it, it was easier, and it slowed it down a bit. It was hectic at first, but I got used to it and the coaches talking to me every single day.”
Eluemunor plans on making official visits in the fall before settling on a school in December.
Greg Pickel contributed to this report