Ryan Jacoby, a 2019 offensive lineman from Mentor, Ohio, has become the seventh in-state prospect to add an offer from the Buckeyes in this class. Jacoby has made multiple visits to campus, but he said the Friday morning offer came as a surprise.
“I got a text this morning from one of the assistant coaches saying that Coach [Urban] Meyer wanted to talk me, asking if I could call them. I called him and then that’s when it all went down. It was a good conversation and one of my first times talking with him,” Jacoby said. “We talked about how the state championship game went this year and how I did in my football season. He told me that he really liked my film and stuff and that they were going to offer me a full scholarship. He asked about my interest level and I told him I was very interested. He said we’ll keep in touch and start texting each other and all that.”
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect was over the moon about his latest offer. Jacoby, like many other kids growing up in the Buckeye State, spent his childhood rooting for Ohio State and has always been a fan. He is ranked as a 4-star prospect by 247Sports.
“I’m just super excited. I grew up in Ohio, I’m from Ohio, I’ve always loved Ohio State, and it’s always been the team I’ve always watched and rooted for,” Jacoby said. “It’s pretty awesome to get offered and know that they want me to play for my childhood team.”
After spending multiple weekends on Ohio State’s campus, Jacoby has grown familiar with the Buckeyes program and assistant coaches. He said he plans to visit Columbus again soon but also will travel to at least two other Big Ten campuses during the offseason.
“I was at Ohio State for a game this year, and I was at two games my sophomore year. I definitely want to get back down there again soon,” Jacoby explained. “I’m also going to go up to Penn State and Michigan State in the spring and check out their stuff, and then probably some smaller schools too.”
Ohio State offering Jacoby is seemingly a game-changer in the recruitment of the Ohio prospect. While he said he couldn’t imagine himself taking any offer and committing on the spot, there was a part of him that was taken aback by what the Ohio State offer meant to him. He said he won’t drag out choosing a school, however.
“I’m definitely going to make a decision before my senior season starts,” Jacoby said. “I want to be able to play my senior season worry-free and already know where I’m going so I can commit myself to [Mentor’s] football team and they know they can get everything out of me.”
Jacoby is the second player from Mentor in the 2019 recruiting class to earn an offer from Ohio State, joining teammate and defensive end Noah Potter, a 4-star prospect. Despite the duo sharing many of the same schools on their scholarship and interest list, the two friends don’t frequently discuss recruiting.
“Me and Noah don’t really talk about recruiting with each other that much,” Jacoby said. “We push each other in the weight room and talk about regular football and kind of let each other go by ourselves in recruiting.”
Jacoby credits his success and the growth of his offer list – which now includes Ohio State, Oregon, West Virginia, Iowa State, Virginia and several MAC programs – to his determination and aggression in blocking as an offensive lineman.
“I think it’s my passion. I like to finish blocks, and I think that’s what people like to see on film, just how aggressive I am,” Jacoby said.
Undoubtedly, other programs will be added to Jacoby’s offer list. Check out his junior-season highlights to see why the Buckeyes offered.