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Emory Jones gets Open
Ohio State commitment Emory Jones has officially “gotten open” following last weekend’s Nike camp in Charlotte, N.C. The invitation makes Jones, a 5-star prospect from Franklin (Ga.) Heard County High School, one of 16 quarterbacks nationally who will participate in the Elite 11 Finals in Los Angeles next month. The top 11 will head to Portland, Ore., for Nike’s The Opening at the end of June.
This was the second regional camp for Jones, who participated in the Atlanta camp in March, but a camp that saw a much better representation of his remarkable talent. In Atlanta, Jones was in his first football action since suffering a broken bone in his shoulder in October.
For prospects all over the country, the chance to participate at The Opening is the culmination of years of hard work. Jones is no different.
“Definitely,” Jones told SEC Country’s Jeff Sentell on Sunday when asked if the invitation was one of his personal football goals. “It feels great. I did a lot of hard work for it, and it’s a blessing to come out here and compete with the best of the best and have fun.”
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Jones was one of three players selected from this camp. He joined Clemson commitment Trevor Lawrence and recent Kentucky de-commitment Jarren Williams in one of the circuit’s most competitive quarterback fields.
“Everybody was spinning it,” Jones said. “Everyone was dropping dimes. The whole group, the whole time. It was great.”
After the event, Jones was asked how his personal recruiting efforts, his attempts to help the Buckeyes land the next big things, is going.
“I’m trying to get Zamir White and Teradja Mitchell and Jamaree Salyer,” he said. “I”m trying to go after Zamir the hardest. That man right there, he can tote the ball. I just tell them guys to get up there. I’m trying to get us all up there at one time.”
Teradja Mitchell talks ‘Noles and Buckeyes
On Sunday we talked a little bit about the upcoming decision for 5-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell, who confirmed with SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner that his decision is likely down to two schools: Ohio State and Florida State.
5-star LB Teradja Mitchell says he's torn 50-50 between FSU and Ohio State. Looking to commit later this month/early June. FSU visit on deck
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) May 7, 2017
After earning his own invitation to The Opening, Mitchell spoke more about his choice and how he’ll have to break down things between the Buckeyes and Seminoles, though he also discussed his third team, LSU.
“Looking at Ohio State’s alumni base and Florida State’s alumni base,” Mitchell told Kirschner, “I just feel like those two schools were the best fit for me for what I want to do after football. Those schools separated themselves with their academics for me and their transition to life after football.”
Mitchell is drawn to Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business, among other positives he sees in Columbus. Again, the challenge now is to decide among three great options.
“This part is very hard for me,” he said. “All three of those schools are national championship contenders. It’s really hard. I have to figure out how I can fit into each of these schools over the next few weeks.”
There’s some speculation from around the internet that Mitchell already has made his decision, and that these remaining weeks are nothing but drama builders. He says that’s not the case.
“I’m really not sure at the moment,” he said when asked if he secretly knows his choice. “It’s 50-50 between Florida State and Ohio State. They both have coaches who can develop me into the best player I can be. I can’t really decide between those two coaches. It’s going to come down to my talk with God and me figuring out which school presents the best opportunity for me for my life after football.”
Ohio State offers Penn State commitment; what does it mean for Jeremy Ruckert?
The Buckeyes have battled Penn State for tight ends multiple times in the Urban Meyer era, and on Tuesday they put their hat in the ring for a Nittany Lions commitment.
— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) May 9, 2017
That is Pat Freiermuth, the country’s sixth-ranked tight end and one of two 2018 players already committed to the Nittany Lions at that position. Ohio State quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, who visited the North Andover (Mass.) 4-star prospect Thursday, extended the offer.
“Coach Day told my coach when he visited last Thursday,” Freiermuth told Land of 10 on Tuesday about the offer.
The Buckeyes have offered 11 different tight ends in 2018, and Lindenhurst (N.Y.) 4-star prospect Jeremy Ruckert remains at the top of their list. If they have any chance to sway Freiermuth, it’s going to take a lot of work moving forward. Right now, there’s little interest in getting to know more about Ohio State or making a visit to Columbus.
“None, really,” Freiermuth said when asked about his potential interest in Urban Meyer’s program. “I’m committed to Penn State.”