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Jones, Buckeyes still waiting
The waiting game for Emory Jones continues.
The Buckeyes and Volunteers – with Clemson as an outside contender – remain the favorites to land the country’s second-ranked, dual-threat quarterback for the Class of 2018, and a decision could come at any time.
It just hasn’t happened yet.
“He’s in shutdown mode,” one source said of Jones. “He doesn’t have much free time. He wants to make a decision soon. I think he wants to try and come up to Ohio State again.”
If that’s the case, it’s likely because Jones’ recent visit to Tennessee really made a big impact on what he thought he was going to do. The Buckeyes were the unquestioned leader coming out of his first visit to Columbus but since then the footing has been a little shaky. As for the 6-foot-2, 195-pound star, he says that right now he’s just trying to keep his focus on his upcoming junior season and turn off a little bit of the pressure that comes with recruiting.
“I’ve just been trying to get my mind away from this recruitment right now,” Jones told Landof10 on Sunday afternoon. “I’m trying to get my high school team together.”
He did confirm that he’d like to make another visit to Ohio State if the schedule can work out that way.
“Yeah, I may try to get back up there,” he added. “It just depends on how my schedule works out.”
James Hudson “eliminates” Ohio State
One player that has decided to stop waiting – at least when it comes to a potential Ohio State offer – is Central Catholic (Toledo, Ohio) defensive lineman James Hudson. The country’s 11th-ranked strong-side defensive end released an updated Top 10 list today on Twitter and the former Kentucky commitment did not include the Buckeyes.
Ohio State did not make Hudson’s list though four Big Ten schools – Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Nebraska, all of whom have offered – did. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman said he thinks the moment has passed for things to happen between himself and the Buckeyes.
“I don’t think OSU plans on offering me anymore,” Hudson told Landof10. “They offer in-state kids slower than other players and they have a lot of offers out. They are out of offers basically.”
The Buckeyes have narrowed their focus at defensive end, spending most of their efforts on recruiting 5-star Maryland prospect Chase Young. Hudson, of course, is correct, the Buckeyes do offer in-state players at a much slower rate than out-of-state prospects, knowing that a commitment is very likely from players closer to home. That said, he didn’t particularly help his case by deciding against camping with Ohio State in June as he had planned to do.
“I just decided not to,” Hudson said of cancelling that plan. Ohio State had been eager to see him in camp and see how he stacked up physically in person, especially after he was offered by Michigan in early June.
Top schools list coming from Jamyest Williams
One of the country’s most exciting players, Grayson (Ga.) 4-star defensive back Jamyest Williams, will announce his Top 5 schools this upcoming week according to Bleacher Report national recruiting analyst Damon Sayles.
“I’m releasing a top five,” Williams said. “I may do it as soon as I touch down [in Oregon].”
It will be very interesting to see if the Buckeyes are able to sneak their way into that top group. They’re not considered a real contender for the country’s sixth-ranked cornerback by most but he told Landof10 recently that he absolutely wants to make a return trip to Columbus after visiting there in May and the Buckeyes are near the top of his list.
“Ohio State is definitely in my top group,” he said. “I need to get my dad up to their campus. A visit this summer is a possibility.”
We’ll find out very soon if that was just lip-service or if Williams is sincere in his Buckeye interest. Georgia, Clemson and Florida State are considered by most to be the teams to beat, but recent discussions with sources have indicated that South Carolina may be a bigger threat than anyone is giving them credit for and that the Gamecocks may actually be the favorite.
Unless otherwise noted, all rankings come courtesy of 247Sports.com.