Urban Meyer was at it again on the recruiting trail Saturday when class of 2018 offensive/defensive tackle Matthew Jones offered up a verbal commitment to play for the Buckeyes.
While visiting Ohio State this weekend, Jones felt compelled to end his recruitment. Alex Gleitman of Rivals.com confirmed the news on Saturday.
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Jones is just another in a long line of elite recruits that have pledged to call Columbus home and 247 Sports now ranks Meyer’s class as the best in the nation — bumping Miami off top billing.
It’s what you call another day at the office for Meyer.
Jones chose the Buckeyes over serious interest from Penn State; he also held offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan and other major programs.
What makes the commitment of Jones so special is that the massive athlete can excel at both offensive and defensive tackle.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound mountain of a man from Brooklyn, New York (Erasmus Hall High) is universally rated as a 4-star recruit and 247 Sports rates him as such. The site ranks him as the No. 53 overall prospect in the 2018 class and the third-best defensive tackle in the country. 247 Sports also regards Jones as the best football player in the state of New York.
Jones follows a line of ex-Erasmus Hall players who have played for Meyer at Ohio State, as Jones will follow in the same footsteps Curtis Samuel and Jahsen Wint took to get to Columbus.
Jones is an absolute bully on the line of scrimmage. He is an immovable force as an offensive tackle, but could easily push around his counterparts on the defensive side as well. Jones owns top-level strength with much of it coming from his lower body.
What will be interesting is where Meyer lines up Jones, who is so versatile and athletic for his size. Meyer really can’t go wrong wherever he puts him.
That kind of flexibility is such a blessing for a coach. But to know Meyer is to know he has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal.
In any event, this is just another big get for Meyer and company. There is no reason to suggest Jones won’t be a college star — whatever position he plays — and he might just have all the tools to be a star at the next level when his days in Columbus are done.
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