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Is there hope for Emory Jones and Ohio State?
No one seems to really know what is going on with Buckeyes commit Emory Jones. That’s not news to you, Faithful Reader, because I’ve mentioned that multiple times over the last handful of weeks.
The most recent college visit for the Ohio State verbal was, in fact, to Ohio State. Since that trip, though, no “final move” has happened, despite insistence from Southern sources that Bama is feeling very confident and from Ohio State sources that there are more questions than answers coming their way.
Again, that combination of “things” is what has me, and most others, feeling pessimistic when it comes to the Buckeyes’ chances of holding on to Jones, because usually smoke is coming from a fire … somewhere.
But here’s the deal: Not a single Ohio State source can pinpoint the location of the flame! Isn’t that puzzling?
“[Emory] has never been able to verbalize any issues with Ohio State,” one clued-in source shared with Land of 10. “[The Buckeyes] are just not sure what to think.”
Yet as I’ve said a few times now, it just feels like he’s trending in Bama’s direction. That’s what those close to the Tide think. Here’s another source, from Saturday night, sharing that sentiment: “[The Bama staff] feels really good about Emory. That’s not breaking news, but when it was told to me, second hand, it was almost like it was a sure thing.”
So, take that information and add it to this bit of talk from another source.
“What’s funny,” Source No. 3 said, “is that [Jones’ people] are so confused why [Ohio State] is offering and recruiting other quarterbacks.”
Here’s what I think, as of today: Emory Jones’ mother, Trina, likely would prefer her son end up at Ohio State. I think, for whatever reason, that Jones feels most comfortable with the Buckeyes. Yet, for some reason, it almost seems inevitable that he’s going to eventually de-commit and end up signing elsewhere.
Now (and this will be the last I speak of Jones until a decision is made one way or another) here’s a kicker. Remember Source No. 1? He told Land of 10 something interesting Tuesday, something that, if it happened, could change the perception about the whole darn thing.
“[Emory] said that he’s trying to come back to [Ohio State] this weekend,” Source No. 1 shared.
Jones and his Heard County football team square off against South Atlanta on Friday night in the first round of the Georgia AA playoffs. For him to get back to Ohio State the next day, by the time the Buckeyes kick off at noon against Michigan State, would be a near miracle. But if he did? You’d certainly take that as a positive sign that he’s not entirely made up his mind about a flip.
Buckeyes to host Jarren Williams
The Buckeyes are recruiting other quarterbacks (as mentioned above) and none with as much fervor as Lawrenceville (Ga.) 4-star prospect Jarren Williams.
Offered by the Buckeyes about a week ago, Williams has set up an official visit to Columbus and will see Ohio State host Illinois on Nov. 18. That trip will come one week after an official visit to Miami and one week before an official visit to Auburn. Following the trip to the Iron Bowl, Williams will likely get back to Kentucky, the school he has committed to twice.
The Buckeyes are in the race here, and there’s no reason for Williams to be taking these visits unless he is seriously considering making a switch. I wouldn’t suggest that Kentucky is out of the race (he’s committed there, has been twice, has his best relationships there, etc.) but the sharks in the water may smell blood and it could get tougher and tougher for the Wildcats to keep him in the fold.
Cade Mays de-commits from Tennessee — now what?
As the Buckeyes are preparing to host 5-star offensive lineman Cade Mays this weekend for an official visit, the Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic star is preparing to enter a new, and unexpected, phase of his recruitment.
The “uncommitted” phase, something that he’s not experienced since July 2015.
“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Please respect my decision. pic.twitter.com/ANvoIpP1Bf
— Cade Mays (@_mayc2) November 7, 2017
As you can see, Mays re-opened his recruitment late Tuesday morning, officially opening the door for Ohio State, Notre Dame, Clemson and Georgia (among others) to make their pitches to the country’s No. 2-ranked offensive tackle.
Mays is a Tennessee guy through and through, and despite his de-commitment I think there’s as good a chance for the Volunteers to eventually sign him as there is for any other school. Ironically, because of the poor shape of the Tennessee program, Land of 10 has been told that Mays won’t reconsider the Vols as long as Butch Jones remains their coach.
Whenever Tennessee officially moves on from Jones, its new coach will have a good shot to bring Mays back into the fold if Mays feels comfortable with the new guy.
Until then, the Buckeyes are on the clock and they’ll take their mightiest swing this weekend as they hope to land another Son of Rocky Top ( Max Wray from Franklin, Tenn., is committed to Ohio State) on their offensive line.
Ohio State in top 5 for Tyler Friday
In case you missed it on Monday night, the Buckeyes made the cut for New Jersey defensive lineman Tyler Friday, who released his top 5 via his Twitter page.
— Big Smooth (@almighty_ty5) November 7, 2017
Friday, the nation’s No. 3-ranked DT, plays at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J., and he’s not a name we’ve heard much from in recent months. He’s not yet taken any official visits, but did visit Ohio State last spring.
The Buckeyes have two defensive tackles committed and are one of the top two schools for 4-star prospect Tommy Togiai. But what makes Friday interesting is his size/skill combination, reminiscent of a guy like Dre’Mont Jones.
He’s got the ability to play, potentially, inside or outside, and that kind of versatility makes Larry Johnson a big fan.
Keep an eye on Friday, but don’t read too much into his inclusion of the Buckeyes in his top 5 until he schedules an official visit.
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