Urban Meyer’s 2012 Christmas got a whole lot nicer Tuesday morning when Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) committed to Ohio State.
In doing so, the 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive tackle became the first commitment in the class of 2014 for the Buckeyes.
While the junior isn’t sure whether or not he’ll stay on the offensive side of things with Ohio State, he is quite certain he picked the right school.
“They have one of the best coaching staff there,” Jones said. “They get a lot of Glenville kids, so it’s easier for me to go there.
“It feels like home. I talked to my coaching staff this morning and they felt like it would be the right place. I felt like it would be the right place. My grandparents felt like it would be the right place as well, so I committed.”
Jones became the 19th Tarblooders player to pick the Buckeyes since 2002, keeping a pipeline to Columbus, Ohio strong.
He also did it with the approval of Ohio State brass and with the idea that he will become the cornerstone for the Buckeyes’ next class.
“Meyer said I mean a lot to him,” Jones said. “I was definitely one of his main targets. He was happy to get me.
“I’m going to get some more 2014 guys to commit to Ohio State. I can’t wait to go to work at O-State. It’s one of the best schools. We’ll be contending in BCS bowls. I wanted to go where I knew I could win.”
As for committing early, it’s a decision Jones made with a clear head and one he intends on keeping until he signs his letter of intent in 2014.
“I had to follow my gut,” Jones said. “I wanted to make the right decision. I was anxious. I could have waited, but my grandparents love the program, the coaches love the program. It’s where I want to be.”
In choosing the Buckeyes, Jones turned down an offer from Indiana and interest from Arizona State, Florida, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, West Virginia and Wisconsin.