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Buckeyes to see Emory Jones for 4 days
Ohio State has a number of camp days this week, which gives the Buckeyes coaching staff a unique opportunity to work with players from all over the country, of all ages and skill levels.
One of the most important visitors will be from Heard County High School in Franklin, Ga. Emory Jones is a long-time Ohio State commitment, and he’s heading north for an extended stay with his future coaches.
“I’m coming up on Thursday,” Jones told Land of 10. “I’m staying until Sunday.”
That means new Buckeyes quarterback coach Ryan Day will spend a good portion of the one-day camp on Saturday morning working with his future quarterback. That’s good news for the Buckeyes in their hopes to solidify his very important commitment.
Linebacker intrigue this week?
Look no further than this week if you need additional convincing that Ohio State wants to add another linebacker to its 2018 recruiting class.
According to sources, the Buckeyes are expected to host Dinwiddie County (Va.) 4-star linebacker K’Vaughan Pope on Tuesday. A 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete, Pope has been silently moving up the Ohio State recruiting board over the last handful of months. That interest, which is reciprocated, could be coming to a head this week. There’s been talk about a commitment coming from Pope, and he’s not denying it could happen.
“I’ve been talking about it a lot,” he told Land of 10 about a decision coming soon. “Now that school is coming to an end, I can think about it. Ohio State has been high on the list because of their internship program.”
The Buckeyes are also expecting to host 4-star linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu this week. The country’s third-ranked inside linebacker by 247Sports composite visited Columbus in April for the Ohio State spring game, and he’s set to return this weekend according to his father, Turnbull. At least that’s the plan.
“Most likely it will happen this weekend,” Turnbull Tuliaupupu said Monday afternoon. “Our schedule is crunched.”
I do not know if Pope will commit on Tuesday. I think there’s a fairly good chance he does, and if that happens, I think the Buckeyes still would chase Tuliaupupu all the way until signing day. He’s that good, and the Ohio State staff thinks that highly of him.
Is there a chance the Buckeyes could eventually reel in both Pope and Tuliaupupu? Yes. Is it a good chance? No. Is it likely they land at least one of these two as the third linebacker in the 2018 class? Absolutely.
Buckeyes, Jack Miller growing relationship
One of the country’s top 2020 quarterback prospects did not disappoint during a recent camp performance at Ohio State. I told you on Saturday that Scottsdale (Ariz.) standout Jack Miller was the best quarterback in attendance on Friday in Columbus.
“I would take him right now,” a college coach in attendance told me. “He’s the real deal.”
Miller’s take on Ohio State was similarly excellent.
“It was really good,” he said of the visit and the camp. “I loved everything about it. [Ryan] Day told me that whenever you throw a football, it should matter. Never throw just to throw. He told me to stay hungry, and that was the biggest takeaway for me.”
As a soon-to-be-sophomore, Miller’s options are growing every day. Right now, Ohio State, Florida State and Ole Miss are among the top group. His father, also named Jack, told Land of 10 that he and his family are taking this process very seriously.
“Jack is handling [recruiting] very well,” the elder Miller shared. “We don’t intend to let the pressures of this decision take the place of having fun growing up and being a kid.
“Right now, we are looking hard at potential places for Jack to play and coaches to play for. He is young, so academics will be something we look at the end next year as he perhaps has a better feel for his career desires outside of football.”
There’s a long way to go here, and a lot of conversations to be had, but the Buckeyes certainly are in a good spot with Miller and are fortunate to have had him on campus already. His father told Land of 10 there were dozens of schools trying to get him to visit this summer, and that Ohio State was one of just three trips they’ll make outside of Arizona.
Jeremiah Francis wanted Chris Jent, pleased with Chris Holtmann
Pickerington Central 2019 point guard Jeremiah Francis was not shy about who he wanted to become the next Ohio State men’s basketball coach.
He wanted Chris Jent, a former Buckeyes player and assistant coach in 2016-17 under Thad Matta, to get the job.
“That would be really good,” Francis told Land of 10. “To have a person with an NBA mind at the college level. He catches my eye a lot because he knows the NBA game and I want to make it there. I’m sure he can develop players.”
As you know, it was not Jent that Ohio State hired, but Butler’s Chris Holtmann. After taking a little time on Monday to watch the new coach’s introductory press conference, Francis sees the chance for a positive change.
“I got done watching the press conference and he said he is going to let the players play,” Francis said. “He said they’re going to play tough, hard defense. I’m sad [Jent] is gone, but [Holtmann] was recruiting me when he was at Butler. I’ve not talked to him since he’s been to Columbus.”
Though Holtmann was busy making recruiting calls around Ohio on Saturday, Francis as a 2019 prospect was not one of the players receiving one. He says there’s a chance he’ll visit the school sometime soon, but that he could just wait for the season to roll around before more closely investigating the new Buckeyes.
“I might set something up before the season,” he said. “Just to see what he’s letting his players do, what type of game they’re playing.”