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Two commits set to visit Alabama
Ohio State soon will have more clarity on what the future holds with Emory Jones. The 4-star quarterback has been committed to the Buckeyes since July 2016 but took an unofficial visit to Alabama on Sept. 30.
Jones is expected to take another visit to Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide’s game against Tennessee on Saturday. If the trip takes place — and one was supposed to occur last weekend but didn’t — it could lead to the Buckeyes kicking the tires on other quarterbacks. The timing is interesting, though, because Jones will make his official visit to Ohio State for the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Regardless of what happens, it feels like this can’t go unresolved for much longer.
If Jones doesn’t visit Alabama, Ohio State will have a chance to get him on campus and persuade him to avoid a second trip to Tuscaloosa. If he does visit Alabama, all bets are off. Even assuming a flip to the Tide wouldn’t come immediately, the Buckeyes could turn around and start pursuing other quarterbacks. Or an official visit to Ohio State the following week could lead to a resolution between Jones and the Buckeyes. No matter what happens, though, the amount of moving parts and possibilities make this situation worth monitoring closely.
Defensive tackle commitment Antwuan Jackson also is expected to be at Alabama on Saturday, but his visit should cause less worry. The Buckeyes were the runner-up to Auburn for Jackson’s decision as a high school player, and they were always considered one of the top options when Jackson’s recruitment began anew in JUCO. The Tide can sell him on a lack of depth in the middle of the defensive line next season, but he’s always been interested in Ohio State and has a great relationship with defensive line coach Larry Johnson.
Ohio State coaches remain on the trail
Urban Meyer had an Ohio-filled day Friday, beginning with a trip to Cleveland to see 4-star defensive end Tyreke Smith and continuing later with a stop in Southwest Ohio.
Proud to be back in The Land!!! O-H! pic.twitter.com/bWBfysW6SO
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) October 20, 2017
The Buckeyes are in a heated battle with Penn State for Smith’s commitment, and the visit Friday morning gave Meyer some face time with the talented Ohio prospect before he travels to Penn State this weekend.
One day after visiting Kamryn Babb in St. Louis, wide receivers coach Zach Smith was in Florida.
— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) October 20, 2017
Ohio State offers 2020 running back
Ohio State issued another offer Thursday, giving one to St. Louis Trinity running back Teriyon “Mookie” Cooper.
Cooper is a sophomore but already has offers from Illinois, Kansas State, Kentucky, Missouri, Syracuse and Texas in addition to the Buckeyes.
— Mookie Cooper (@moooksterr1) October 20, 2017
Everything I do I don’t do it for myself I do it for the people who depending on me
— Campaign_B6 (@snead655) October 20, 2017
FRIDAY NIGHTS ARE WHAT I LIVE FOR …IT’S HOMECOMING IN THE STICKS‼️
— THE POPE (@Pop3Bad_81) October 20, 2017
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