Jamarco Jones kept his recruitment fairly close to his vest, but today, the world knows he will be a Buckeye. After taking visits to his final three, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State, he decided that Columbus would be his home.
"I have decided to continue my academic and athletic career at Ohio State," he said. "I went back and forth for several weeks, and I switched my decision twice. I made the final decision yesterday."
One of the top prospects in the Midwest, Jones is a four-star, the nation's number six offensive tackle, and also a great student in the classroom.
"He's an intelligent kid," De La Salle head coach Dan O'Keefe said. "He's a 4.0, straight A, all advanced placement classes. He's all upside. It's hard to find any negatives. He's still growing. He's strong and getting faster every day."
Of course, the physical attributes and natural talent doesn't hurt either.
"We've had big guys," O'Keefe explains, "and there are big guys all over the league and all over the state. On every league, on every roster, you can find guys that are 6'5, 290-lbs, but not guys that size who can move like he can. He can pull, pass block, he has quick hands, quick feet, and he's hard to get by. He doesn't give up sacks."
Jones accumulated many other offers, including Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Wisconsin and others before making this decision. He has spent time at Core 6 working with former Iowa All-American Mike Jones and Jones sees high potential in his pupil.
"His pass protection skills are well beyond his age. His arms are so long. His arms are much longer than a guy 6'5 should have. Great wingspan, natural pass protector, natural athlete, big frame."
Jones added, "Once he learns more effectively how to block people with better technique, that's when he's really going to unleash what his 6'5, 290-lb frame is capable of, but right now, natural feet, looks like a natural left tackle with really long arms and really good reach for his punch in pass protection and that's something you really can't teach kids."