Dotting the ‘Eyes: Another Jermaine Eskridge update, Donovan Jeter narrows list and more
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Decision day coming for Emory Jones
On Sunday night, Landof10 mentioned that a decision for Emory Jones would come this week and we’re now within 24 hours of the week’s final day and, if you’re able to put two and two together, you should be expecting a decision from the Buckeyes top 2018 quarterback before Saturday morning.
So, sticking with them undeniable laws of mathematics, let’s examine the road to a decision for the Franklin (Ga.) standout.
- April, 2016: Jones was going to commit to Tennessee at the Volunteers spring game, but conversations with Ohio State – his “dream school” – about a potential offer coming his way slowed down his decision.
- May 11, 2016: After Buckeyes quarterback coach Tim Beck visited Jones and watched him throw in person, the Buckeyes offered.
- June 13, 2016: Emory Jones makes his first visit to Ohio State – with his mother – and the Buckeyes became the clear-cut leader for his services.
- June 18, 2016: Jones goes back to Tennessee for “Orange Carpet Days” and the Buckeyes lead was all but wiped out. “They’re back to even,” Jones told Landof10 following that trip.
- July 21, 2016: Another Tennessee visit, unplanned, the day before the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Jones was to return to Ohio State for Friday Night Lights.
- July 22-24, 2016: Jones visits Columbus, by himself, and spends the weekend at Ohio State. Sources indicated he’d likely make a final decision within days after visiting the Buckeyes, having had a chance to re-examine his two primary options.
- July 29, 2016: Decision day?
There’s no specific time for a potential announcement, so just stay tuned. Ohio State or Tennessee will land the country’s second-ranked 2018 quarterback, and it’s hard not to like the Buckeyes positioning in this one.
Ok now Jermaine Eskridge is committed to South Florida
So after he had a top three (on Tuesday) that turned into a top five (on Wednesday), Jefferson High School (Tampa) 2018 athlete Jermaine Eskridge now, apparently, has a top one: he committed to USF during a visit on Thursday afternoon.
Go bulls?????? pic.twitter.com/xtpcEX0Kxy
— EJ2 (@Iam_Jermaine4) July 28, 2016
Ok, so what gives? Where is this very talented, yet seemingly confused, athlete getting his advice? His mom told him to add two more schools to his list, but is he getting help about how to handle his recruitment from his coaches at Jefferson? After already committing to Kentucky – and decommitting a year ago – and now seemingly committing to USF just because he wanted to commit somewhere this week, it doesn’t appear so.
“Nobody,” one source said when asked who is mentoring Eskridge. “That’s the problem. A lot of the coaches (in Florida) are more immature than the kids.”
Expect more dramatics in Eskridge’s recruitment before signing day in 2018.
Florida recruiting, right?
Big honor for Jackson Carman
Fairfield (Ohio) 2018 offensive lineman Jackson Carman received some good news today when ESPN.com released their first Top 300 prospects for 2018.
Carman, the highest-ranked Ohioan on the list, checked in at No. 7 and is the Worldwide Leader’s top-ranked offensive lineman.
“I’m extremely humbled to be recognized as the best,” Carman told Landof10. “That said, I am undoubtedly aware of how much further I have to go and I really feel this furthers my ability to bring out the maximum potential in those around me. Who cares if you’re great if you’re by yourself? I wanna be a guy that people model themselves after and someone that brings out the best in a person and my teammates. A leader that can make an average team great, not because of the talent he brings, but because of the fire he ignites in his teammates and coaches to be great as well. That’s what I want to be.”
“That said, being recognized as No. 1 on that list gives me the confidence to be able to do that and maybe will allow others to have confidence in me as well.”
A number of fellow Ohioans made the cut for ESPN as well.
- No. 34 • Jaelen Gill • Running back • Westerville (South)
- No. 45 • Leonard Taylor • Defensive line • Springfield • Committed to Michigan
- No. 102 • L’Christian “Blue” Smith • Wide receiver • Huber Heights (Wayne)
- No. 156 • Alex Reigelsperger • Defensive end • Huber Heights (Wayne)
- No. 173 • Dallas Gant • Linebacker • Toledo (St. John’s)
- No. 203 • Antwuan Johnson • Linebacker • Springfield • Committed to Michigan
- No. 214 • Malik Vann • Defensive line • Fairfield
- No. 225 • Blaine Scott • Offensive line • Portsmouth (East)
- No. 231 • Michael Dowell • Defensive back • Lakewood (St. Edward)
- No. 232 • Aeneas Hawkins • Defensive line • Cincinnati (Archbishop Moeller)
- No. 236 • Trenton Gillison • Tight end • Pickerington (Central)
- No. 252 • Christopher Oats • Linebacker • Cincinnati (Winton Woods)
- No. 265 • Daniel Bolden • Linebacker • Cincinnati (Colerain)
- No. 297 • Joseph Scates • Wide receiver • Dayton (Dunbar)
Sources: It’s going to be another good year in Ohio in 2018.
Donovan Jeter includes Buckeyes in Top 5
The Buckeyes have two defensive tackles committed (4-star prospects Haskell Garrett and Jerron Cage) for 2017 but they continue to look around the nation to add one more to the mix before February. They’ve been at the top of the list for Utah’s Jay Tufele, who will take an official visit to Columbus this season, but another 4-star lineman remains one to keep an eye on.
— 5⃣God (@JeteNificent34) July 28, 2016
That is Beaver Falls (Pa.) defensive tackle Donovan Jeter, who visited Ohio State twice in the summer of 2015 and became very close to Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, Sr. Right now, Jeter is likely leaning towards staying home in Pennsylvania (Penn State and Pittsburgh are the top choices on the 247Sports.com crystal ball) but the inclusion of Alabama and Ohio State on his list certainly is interesting.
Putting the Buckeyes and the Crimson Tide on the list is either one of two things: a play for more attention from those schools or a diversion created to give a “boost” to the schools like Pittsburgh and Penn State if he ends up selecting one of them. There’s always a need for a runner-up and to commit to “Pittsburgh over Ohio State” reads pretty well in the newspapers.
You never know what happens as the season comes along and Jeter – 6-foot-4 and 265-pounds – is a very talented lineman, ranked as the country’s 16th-best defensive tackle, so if Tufele or another top target falls off the board for Ohio State, Jeter is a name to watch.
New 2018 defensive back offer to Texas standout
Ohio State extended an offer this week to Houston 2018 defensive back Anthony Cook, the country’s fourth-ranked cornerback.
— Anthony Cook (@_ACook21) July 27, 2016
Cook, 6-foot-1 and 170-pounds, holds 25 early offers. He holds scholarships from Alabama, LSU, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State and a number of the biggest programs in the country. Kerry Coombs will handle the cornerback’s recruitment for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State has done very well in Texas over the last few recruiting cycles, but they’ve still not managed to grab much momentum in East Texas. Can Coombs make a move there this time around?