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Emory Jones kicks off junior camp season with a big night
If you need more proof that it’s almost football season, look no further than this: Friday night, Buckeyes 2018 commitment Emory Jones and his Heard County (Franklin, Ga.) teammates had their first scrimmage of the 2016 season.
The country’s third-ranked dual-threat quarterback had a good night in a 21-0 win.
Balled out tonight
— Emory Jones (@eXjones6) August 6, 2016
“I had three touchdowns,” Jones told Landof10. “I threw for 215 yards and ran for 126. I played two quarters and then one drive in the third.”
That seems pretty good, right? Still, Jones wasn’t really satisfied and wants to get more explosive. He said he took a hit to his knee that put him on edge a little bit but he’s perfectly fine.
“I stepped into a throw and someone ran into the side of my knee,” he said. “So I got banged up a little, but nothing major.”
It’s an evolving offense for Jones and the Braves as his coaches look to take full advantage of his considerable physical skills. The potential for injury in a spread offense – especially for a quarterback that runs as well as he does – is something he’s thinking about. He believes the offense will try and limit the planned quarterback runs.
“I had seven carries, but only one was a read-option,” he said. “The rest were from the line breaking down but we’ll get better at that. I think we’ll get more comfortable and pass more. I only had 11 attempts, but we threw a lot of seams and fades.”
It should be a big seasons numbers-wise for the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Jones.
Oh, if you’re worried that he’s regretting his recent commitment at all? This tweet from Saturday should alleviate any of that concern.
Glad To Be A Buckeye ⭕️??? pic.twitter.com/lFIFXZxbBj
— Emory Jones (@eXjones6) August 6, 2016
Trevon Grimes talks recruitment leading up to decision date
There remains very little intrigue around the upcoming commitment of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) 5-star wide receiver Trevon Grimes. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound 2017 prospect will announce his college choice on Aug. 24 and the Buckeyes are the runaway favorite to land him.
On Saturday, the country’s fourth-ranked wideout talked to the Miami Herald about his rapidly approaching senior season, the proud tradition of playing wide receiver at St. Thomas Aquinas and, of course, his recruitment.
Ohio State has been the leader for years and despite a push from Miami, Florida and Florida State, Grimes isn’t hiding the affinity for the Buckeyes.
“Growing up I’ve always liked Ohio State,” Grimes said. “Ohio State has been my leader since my freshman year and me and Urban and (Zach) Smith have just a built a bond since my freshman year.”
Check out the video above and get a good idea of why it’d be a total shock if Grimes picked another school in two-and-a-half weeks.
Ohio State offers a pair of top-ranked 2018 Florida cornerbacks
The Buckeyes landed Torrance Gibson from Fort Lauderdale’s American Heritage High School in the 2015 recruiting cycle and this weekend they extended offers to two 2018 Patriots cornerbacks, hoping to capitalize on their relationships at the school.
First, they offered Tyson Campbell, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound 4-star prospect ranked as the nation’s 13th-best cornerback. Campbell has offers from 17 schools, including LSU, Miami, Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and more.
— Tyson Campbell (@tyson_003) August 5, 2016
Campbell’s game film is impressive. He’s instinctive, has an excellent ability to break on the ball and has the long arms and frame that the Buckeyes – as well as most defenses nowadays – covet.
Just about 20 hours later, Ohio State offered Patrick Surtain, Jr., who will line up opposite Campbell in the Patriots secondary this season. The son of the former Miami Dolphin cornerback with the same name, Surtain is a 5-star prospect and is ranked currently as the best cornerback in the country according to the composite rankings. The Buckeyes offer is his 32nd.
Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class will likely include three to four cornerbacks and the roster – with the exception of a likely NFL departure for Gareon Conley – isn’t likely to have much turnover at the position next season. The numbers at cornerback in the 2018 class will likely be small – just one or two – and they could be from the same high school.
Kelly-Powell won’t decide until late
At one time, Detroit Cass Tech 4-star safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell had fully intended on making a college decision during the summer. Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and others offered early and the 6-foot-tall, 175-pound defensive back used to believe his choice would come from among that group.
Kelly-Powell has been among a Cass Tech/Southeastern Michigan contingent that has spent the summer seeing schools all over the country and, because of that, his decision has become muddled. Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Auburn and others have emerged as viable candidates to land him and because of that, he needs more time to decide.
My college decision will not come until after the season.
— Jaylen Kelly-Powell™ (@JKellypowell) August 5, 2016
On Saturday, Kelly-Powell was back at Michigan and visited the Wolverines for the “BBQ at the Big House” and, as usual, came away impressed.
“The BBQ was good,” Kelly-Powell said. “We ate very well, had some 1-on-1 time with the coaches and got to meet some recruits and got to kick it with guys from The Opening.”
Michigan is still the perceived leader for the country’s 20th-ranked safety but he says that right now he knows he won’t take an official visit to Michigan – or Ohio State or Michigan State, for that matter – because he’s been there so many times.
“I wouldn’t take an official to Ohio State, Michigan, or Michigan State,” he said when asked if he’s got a plan together for those trips. “They are too close and I’ve been to them too many times.”
Kerry Coombs continues to recruit Kelly-Powell – as well as the rest of the state of Michigan – for the Buckeyes. He was last on campus with the Buckeyes during their Friday Night Lights camp on July 22, but right now there’s little chance he ends up in Columbus for college.