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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day
Dawand James a take? Any surprise 2019 prospects on OSUs radar?
— Buckeye Daniel (@DnBuckeyes) January 20, 2019
What do you think the coaches are looking for out of Daward Jones and what’s his biggest issue on the field?
— Lucas ⚜️ (@wlwlucas) January 20, 2019
I’ve gone ahead and included two questions today because of the connection between them. Both are focused on Ben Davis High School (Indianapolis) 3-star offensive tackle Dawand Jones, the lone uncommitted prospect who spent last weekend at Ohio State on an official visit. With just three weeks before the second signing period, it should be clear how the Buckeyes are valuing Jones right now.
Ohio State has a major need for more offensive linemen in the Class of 2019, and its focus has been shifted to Jones, Hawaii’s Enokk Vimahi and long-time commitment Doug Nester. The Buckeyes have signed only two linemen to this point, and if they can bring in five, they will. As of Monday, it appears that these three linemen might be the only remaining players on the Ohio State target list. Yes, there’s still a chance another player or two could throw in a late official visit, but the offensive line is what matters the most.
Jones is certainly a bit more of a project than either Nester or Vimahi, but he’s also a tackle prospect. The other two are likely interior linemen, so that should also give a little insight into why Jones — who isn’t even ranked among the country’s top 1,000 prospects in 2019 — has become a priority for the Buckeyes.
Tackles are hard to come by, and Jones is actually pretty nimble on his feet at almost 6-foot-8 and 360 pounds thanks to his basketball roots. He is likely a multiyear project, though, and that’s why there’s been some close to Ohio State’s program that have wondered if he’s worth going after this aggressively considering the number of quality offensive tackles that it is already working on in 2020.
But you know the old saying about a bird in the hand, right? If Dawand Jones and his family decide on Ohio State, the Buckeyes are going to be happy to have him and try to turn him into the best tackle he can be.
Penn State, Florida State, USC and most recently Auburn have been working against the Buckeyes here. But proximity to home, offensive line depth and a personal recruiting effort by Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson have Ohio State in front with a little over two weeks until a decision is made.
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