The Buckeyes have had their eyes set on two huge JUCO offensive tackle targets in '14 OL Jermaine Eluemunor and '14 OL Chad Mavety. We spoke with Mavety recently, where he talked about his upcoming visit to Ohio State the weekend of April 6. Eluemunor now seems to have the same line of thinking, and will also visit Ohio State the weekend of April 6. Eluemunor's plans changed to the April 6th date, as before Eluemunor was taking an official visit to Ohio State the weekend of Nov. 23 and then would select his college in December.
Eluemunor is the country's No. 1 JUCO prospect in the 247Sports rankings, and checks in at 6'6", 300-pounds. The 4-star tackle holds offers from some of the best programs in the country, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, UCLA, Penn State, Kansas State, Nebraska and many more.
While Eluemunor doesn't want to tip his hand about who he considers is pushing the hardest for his services, there's no doubt that head coach Urban Meyer and the rest of the staff are trying their best to land the lineman. Eluemunor would have two years of eligibility to play for a division one school. We talked with Eluemunor about his recent plans to visit on April 6th as well as his thoughts on Ohio State:
You recently received an offer from Ohio State. What were you feeling when you found out?
I was really excited when I got an offer. Coach Meyer is one of the best coaches in the country, and to play for him would be really amazing.
What are your thoughts on Ohio State in general?
Ohio state has great tradition going for them and the fans in Ohio are all about supporting Ohio State football. Overall, it's just a really great school and program.
Have you talked with any of the coaching staff recently? What have they said?
I speak to (offensive line) coach Warinner, coach Meyer and coach Pantoni every 2-3 days during the week. They are always telling me that they love the way I play and that they want me to stay under 310 pounds. My talks with coach Meyer are always intense because we both have the same mindset, (not just beating every team we play, but making them never want to play football again because we beat them so bad). That relationship is pretty cool to have with a coach.
How did your season go from a personal standpoint? Did you meet any of your
goals that you might have made?
I got a lot better this season from my last one, and I plan on being the best in the country this year. I know I will work harder than everyone this year, so that I can succeed in becoming the best.
Do you currently have any favorites right now?
As of right now, I don't have any favorites, but maybe sometime before August I'll come up with some.
Any idea when you might try and make a decision?
I am committing in August, which is different than what I'd previously planned. Since I'm taking an unofficial up to Ohio State in the next couple of weeks (April 5th-6th) if I decide to commit to Ohio State come August, then I will take an official visit to Columbus to watch a game at the 'Shoe.
What are the biggest factors when making your decision?
The coaching staff is the number one factor in my decision. Coaches to me, are the biggest factors in my decision because if you can't trust a coach, you can't play for them. Another important factor is the atmosphere that I'm going to be around. I have to feel comfortable where I'm playing, so that I can really enjoy my time there.
Which player (NFL or NCAA) do you look up to, or model yourself after?
I look up to the Pouncey brothers (Mike and Maurkice) and see myself like them because they are really aggressive and very good football players. I hope that one day, I will be on the same level that they are, with the same amount of respect.
What are your biggest strengths as an offensive lineman?
My biggest strengths on the line are run-blocking, my mindset, my mentality and my will to never give up on a play, even if it seems dead. My speed on the line is also a big strength I have, and of course, I give my heart and soul out on the football field when I'm playing.
Is there anything you can improve on?
Well, in my opinion, there's always stuff that I can improve on. I don't have any one thing that sticks out, but I know overall, my game can always get better.