Dotting the ‘Eyes: Emory Jones’ top targets, Darnay Holmes talking officials and more
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Ohio State got their man for 2018: 4-star Franklin (Ga.) quarterback Emory Jones committed to the Buckeyes today. Jones, the country’s third-ranked dual-threat quarterback brings an electric arm and big-time potential to their 2018 class.
Jones told Landof10 that he fully intends to make recruiting the 2018 class one of his top priorities. Although he may not have a whiteboard full of names (yet), the newest Ohio State pledge says he’s got a few guys on his personal list.
“The main guys I’m going after,” Jones told Landof10. “Are (5-star 2018 offensive lineman) Jamaree Salyer, (4-star 2018 cornerback) Tre Douglas and (2017 4-star athlete) Markquese Bell.”
Salyer was a Final Five participant among offensive lineman at The Opening where he was one of the six underclassmen invited to the event. Ohio State offered the 6-foot-4, 325-pound Pace Academy (Atlanta) star just about two weeks ago and although Georgia is the team to beat, you can’t count out the Buckeyes in any recruiting race right now.
Douglas is another Georgia star, 6-foot-2 and 180-pounds, and like most of the defensive backs Ohio State is pursuing is long and fast. He is the country’s 34th-ranked cornerback in 2018 and has offers from Florida, Penn State, Virginia Tech and was offered by the Buckeyes on Wednesday. It will be interesting to see the impact of Jones as a recruiter and we’ll see how that plays out quickly I imagine.
Darnay Holmes looking into official visits
A week after visiting Ohio State for Friday Night Lights, Calabasas (Calif.) 5-star cornerback Darnay Holmes told Rivals.com that he’s working on figuring out his official visits for this fall and that the Buckeyes should get one of his five.
“It’s like a family thing over there,” Holmes said of his visit to Columbus. “The message from them was to make my decision on the coach, on the assistant coaches and how are the guys in the locker room. They said if I come over there or not they want to see me a few years from now being one of the first draft picks. They have a belief in me that I could be this great talent.”
He told Landof10.com following the camp that Ohio State he keeps coming back to see the Buckeyes because of that family “feel.”
“My big brother Mike (Thomas) came out here,” Holmes said. “That’s a big reason of mine (that I keep coming back). It’s a great school, so I keep coming back to see how the school fits me. I don’t know what game yet, but I’ll be back (for an official).”
Another factor that weighs into Holmes’ decision is the Buckeyes top-ranked recruiting class.
“Yeah, I would like to play with the best,” Holmes added. “They have a great class being built, and they do a lot of recruiting of me. Tate, he’s on my tail. A lot of guys are on my tail about getting me (to Ohio State).”
Ohio State, UCLA, Nebraska, Michigan, Notre Dame and Miami are among the favorites for the country’s second-ranked 2017 cornerback.
Markquese Bell has decision date, is he a take at Ohio State?
Whether or not there’s going to be room in the class by the time he’d get to make an official visit, the country’s sixth-ranked athlete, Bridgeton (N.J.) 4-star prospect Markquese Bell is planning to take one to Ohio State. He visited the Buckeyes for Friday Night Lights and, if his Twitter is to be believed, rather enjoyed himself in Columbus.
— I C E ❄️ (@MarkqueseB) July 24, 2016
Now it’s about finding out who’s got room for the talented, 6-foot-3, 200-pound Bell. Ohio State is letting Greg Schiano handle his recruitment and the Buckeyes see him as a defensive back or an outside linebacker. Bell talked to The Daily Journal about his recruitment and what he’s looking for at the next level.
While he’s still looking for the right fit, Bell is at least aware right now when he’s going to commit, just not where.
I would like to Announce I will no longer be committing on signing day I will be committing (Dec 1) make sure you save the date (12-1-16)
— I C E ❄️ (@MarkqueseB) July 28, 2016
He’ll cut his list in the next few weeks from 13 schools down to a handful as he tries to make his choice a bit easier. Right now, it’s hard to see where Bell fits into the Buckeyes plans but he’s very talented player that they’d like to see again. If Bell wants to be a Buckeye it may work out best for both sides that he doesn’t decide until his planned December date.
2018 defensive lineman Greg Emerson gets Buckeyes offer
One of the most impressive physical specimens at Ohio State’s recent Friday Night Lights camp was Jackson (Tn.) North Side defensive end Greg Emerson. A hulking 6-foot-4 and 275-pounds, Emerson looks like a defensive tackle but moved like a defensive end, a big, brutish defensive end that will be one heck of a college football player.
Ohio State offered Emerson following Friday Night Lights, a trip that he made with his high school football coach: former Buckeyes safety Donnie Nickey.
“Coach Nickey had offered me a ride up there to go to Friday Night Lights,” Emerson told Landof10 “I couldn’t pass it up. It was an awesome experience getting out the south.”
Emerson has just recently started to hear from the Buckeyes.
“It was my first time meeting Larry Johnson,” he said of the camp at Ohio Stadium. “We just started talking like in the last two weeks. It was my first time traveling to a place like Ohio State.”
The Ohio State offer was the 14th for the country’s 59th-ranked 2018 prospect. Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan State and USC are among the others he holds.
Derrik Allen of the big names to watch in Georgia for 2018?
Ohio State is involved with a number of big-time names for 2018 but there’s a little talked about Georgia defensive back that may be one of their top targets at the moment.
Lassiter High School (Marietta, Ga.) 5-star defensive back Derrik Allen, the country’s second-ranked cornerback, has 31 offers already but one Georgia source believes that things may be shaping up for a battle between the Buckeyes and the home state Bulldogs.
“Ohio State is really going after Derrik Allen. He’s 6-foot-2, 205-pounds. He’s likely safety (in college) but started his first two years at cornerback,” the source said. “It sounds like he’s a major priority. Last week he had a phone call with all the defensive coaches, their support staff and (Urban) Meyer. 18 different people. It seems like a Georgia and Ohio State battle right now.”
The Buckeyes are a big name in Georgia and would likely be considered bigger threat for Allen if Mark Richt was still at the helm in Athens. Kirby Smart’s recruiting efforts have honed in on their hometown stars, but, according to the source, there’s still a long way to go in this particular recruitment.
“The kid is really wide open,” he continued. “He’s pretty fawnish in his recruiting.”