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Bama confident it’ll land a committed QB … but which one?
We’ll get right to it this week, diving into what’s what with respect to Ohio State and quarterback commit Emory Jones.
As you are probably aware, Jones visited Alabama again last weekend, this time for an official visit. It’s the fourth trip to Tuscaloosa for Jones since the summer, and the visit occurred just one day after Buckeyes quarterbacks coach Ryan Day visited him at Franklin (Ga.) Heard County High School and watched Jones score three times in his team’s 49-15 win over nearby Jordan.
There have been no details emerging about Jones’ visit to Bama, but it can be supposed that he had a great time, really felt at home and all that stuff. The bottom line is that right now, until a return to Columbus happens (and it’s scheduled for this coming weekend), there is going to be some tension about what happens next.
“There’s always a concern when a commit takes a visit,” one source told Land of 10 over the weekend.
That concern is more tangible when you consider it from the Bama point of view. I asked a source close to the Tide where they’re at, confidence wise, and it’s not positive for the Buckeyes.
“They think both Emory Jones and [Kentucky commit] Jarren Williams want to flip,” the source said of Alabama. “They said that last week and I asked if that’s still true. They said yes.”
A year ago, similar rumors swirled around Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade, and in truth Bama is very confident in most cases when it comes to recruiting. I mean, heck, they’ve won the national recruiting “title” the last seven years. Some people have speculated that the Tide have even asked Williams to hold off on flipping while they wait for Jones to make a decision. With early enrollment in his plans, that should come sometime soon.
Ohio State wants Jones to be their future quarterback. Does his “dream school” still hold the keys to his recruitment? I guess we’ll find out this weekend.
One week to go for Anthony Cook
There’s one week left before 5-star cornerback Anthony Cook announces his college choice and, according to the Lamar (Houston) High School star, he’s uncertain about which school he’s going to pick next Monday.
“I honestly don’t know where I’m going. It’s crazy,” Cook told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman over the weekend. “I felt like around this time I’d know, so I’m taking it day by day, praying on it and I’ll make a decision. I just know that I have no idea where I want to go right now.”
He also told Spiegelman that he’s not entirely sure why anyone ever supposed that Ohio State was his “favorite” school — something he never publicly stated.
“I would not say that I had a leader, but I would say that one school was in contact with me the most. I told reporters that and then they said that was my leader,” said Cook, referring to Ohio State. “It all changed my senior year. Schools really started coming after me, and after I dropped my top three, then LSU, Texas and Ohio State really started to come after me.
“Right now, it’s even,” he added. “It’s right there and it’s going to be a tough one.”
What has kept Ohio State in the conversation, according to Cook, is the Buckeyes’ proven track record when it comes to producing NFL talent.
“I feel like they each got their different pros,” Cook explained. “If I go to Texas, it would be simply because I want to play in my state. If I go to LSU, Coach O [Ed Orgeron] showed me the depth chart and it’s looking good with Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver leaving and Greedy Williams and Kary Vincent, and Kary’s a nickel, so it’s looking good. Then Ohio State, I feel like I can be developed best as a player.”
Asked for clarification on that final statement, Cook broke down the Buckeyes and Tigers.
“Ohio State could develop me best as a football player,” he said. “LSU would develop me best as a defensive back. I talked to Coach [Corey] Raymond this past weekend and saw the techniques. I’ve been watching LSU defensive backs a lot — Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Jamal Adams — and I see it. Facts.”
This one may be too close to call right now, but it feels like momentum is moving away from the Buckeyes and toward the two schools that are closer to home.
Cade Mays to visit Ohio State
Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes made Tennessee a priority in the last recruiting cycle and now they’re taking aim not just at the state’s best players, but the ones who are committed to the Tennessee football program. They offered Alontae Taylor (more on him in a minute) recently and have also begun chatting up 5-star offensive tackle Cade Mays, the country’s No. 2-ranked offensive tackle according to the 247Sports composite. Mays has been committed to the Volunteers since July 2015 but says he’s started to hear from the Buckeyes.
“I opened up my recruitment,” Mays told Land of 10. “So it’s recent, but I’ve talked to Meyer, [runnings backs coach Tony] Alford and [offensive line coach Greg] Studrawa.”
This weekend, Mays will visit Clemson and watch the Tigers take on Georgia Tech. He’ll return to Death Valley on Nov. 18, but sandwiched in between he’s going to be heading to Ohio State for an official visit.
“I’ll probably take it on Nov. 11,” he said of the visit to Ohio State.
Like fellow 2018 offensive lineman and Tennessee native Max Wray, who is committed to Ohio State, Mays has a younger brother in the Class of 2020 – Cooper – who is on his way to being a well-known national recruit.
Another Tennessee commit has Buckeyes trip on his mind
Speaking of Alontae Taylor, Ohio State will see him on Nov. 11 as the Buckeyes welcome in Michigan State.
“I’m going on Nov. 11,” Taylor told Land of 10. “That’s my set official visit for Ohio State.”
The Buckeyes are recruiting Taylor as a wide receiver – only Notre Dame is recruiting the Volunteers commit as a defensive back – and says he’s willing to play anywhere that gets him on the field.
“I’ll play anything that gets the ball in my hands,” he said. “I’m a playmaker.”
That playmaking ability is why the Buckeyes offered the Manchester (Tenn.) 4-star prospect.
“They said they liked how explosive and physical I am and my playmaking abilities,” he said. “I’ve spoken a lot with coach Alford, and Urban Meyer, but not a lot yet with [wide receivers coach Zach] Smith.”
Taylor, like Mays, has been committed to Tennessee for a while (June 2016), but because of turmoil in Knoxville, he is looking around. He’s not that familiar with Ohio State, but he’s getting a little help in learning about the Buckeyes from a current verbal.
“I’m just a crash course in learning about Ohio State,” he added. “I’ve heard some things about them from Emory Jones.”
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