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Emory Jones makes Bama visit, now what?
From here, we can only guess what happens.
Emory Jones did make his planned unofficial visit to Alabama over the weekend. His reaction to the trip, at least in conversation with Land of 10, was tepid.
“It was cool,” Jones told Land of 10. “Just like any other visit. It was obviously cool just to be there.”
Alabama destroyed Ole Miss 66-3. Jones was one of hundreds of recruits in attendance, including official visitors such as Justin Fields (top-rated quarterback in Class of 2018), so it’s unlikely that he received a lot of individual attention, despite Bama’s best efforts. The attention that matters the most, though, is from the Buckeyes.
“They just asked if we’re good,” Jones said of his conversation with Ohio State about the visit. “I’m all good.”
That hardly means the story is over. As we’ve talked about here at length in recent weeks, Jones wants to take other visits. Auburn and Florida State have been mentioned, while USC and Oregon have been rumored. There’s still a desire to visit Bama in an official manner.
And, of course, he’ll be at Ohio State on Oct. 28 for his official visit with the Buckeyes. There will be no shortage of drama in this recruitment, but there’s no doubt that the patience of the Ohio State staff is being tested.
From the Bama side of things, there’s optimism that it can add Jones to the 2018 class, according to SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner.
“[Alabama] still thinks he’s their best option,” Kirschner told Land of 10.
Jaelen Gill, Max Wray learning from difficult senior seasons
You’d imagine that being a high school team with a nationally ranked recruit committed to Ohio State would almost guarantee some on-field success. In most cases it does for the player individually, but it’s not quite as certain for teams.
Jaelen Gill is having a very good season for Westerville (Ohio) South High School, bouncing back from a broken leg that cost him his junior season. His Wildcats are 3-3 as Gill is double- and triple-teamed almost every time he lines up on offense. Though he’s frustrated, Gill is looking for the positives.
“It’s helping me learn to push through adversity,” Gill told Land of 10, before confidently explaining that his team is going to be OK. “But our season isn’t close to done. We’re making the playoffs.”
Max Wray’s season has gone considerably worse. His Franklin (Tenn.) Rebels are 1-6. It’s tried Wray, who can’t do as much to control a game from one offensive tackle spot. He’s trying to stay positive amid the challenges.
“I have been pushed out of my comfort zone,” Wray said. “I’ve gotten to be a better teammate and leader.”
Learning how to lose can often be a good thing for young athletes. These two are learning that.
Michigan 2020 offensive lineman to visit 3 times in 6 weeks?
Ohio State will see Oak Park (Mich.) 2020 offensive lineman Justin Rogers a lot this fall. The country’s No. 1-ranked 2020 guard will visit Columbus three times in the next six weeks.
“Yes, I’m going to be there a few times,” Rogers told Land of 10 when asked if he’s got an Ohio State trip planned this season. “I’m coming to the Penn State, Michigan State and Illinois games.”
The Buckeyes have offered the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Rogers, one of 14 school to do so. He’s visited Michigan this season, but the Wolverines have not yet offered. It will be interesting to see how many of the Ohio State visits the Wolverines allow him to take – and how much they’ll let the Buckeyes relationship with him build – before they decide to offer him.
Tennessee wide receiver includes Ohio State in top schools
As we’ve mentioned multiple times in the last couple of months, the Buckeyes have become a major presence in Tennessee. On Monday, 2019 wide receiver Kendrell Scurry – a 4-star prospect at Independence High School in Thompson’s Station – became the latest big-time player to validate that assertion.
Top 5 (This May Change) #Elite3
Ohio state ▪️
— Kendrell Scurry (@D1Scurry) October 2, 2017
Scurry, 6-foot-3 and 185-pounds, has 18 offers, including one from Ohio State, which offered him in August 2016. A former Tennessee commit, Scurry doesn’t list Ohio State as one of the school’s recruiting him the hardest. We’ll see if that changes now that he’s showing them how he’s viewing their program.
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