Prior to Dre'Mont Jones' decision to continue his football future on the turf of Ohio Stadium, a number of programs were trying to reel in Ohio's sixth-best senior. The 6'3, 266-pounder held offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and a handful of others. But moments ago, he officially inked with Urban Meyer and Ohio State.
The Buckeyes initially got into the picture for Jones a little over a year ago, when he received an offer from the coaching staff. The four-star pass rusher made one visit to the campus back in April, but it was his second visit to Ohio State that sealed the deal. During an unofficial stop on June 18th, Jones announced his commitment to OSU.
Now that it's a definite that Jones will spend his college years in the Scarlet and Gray, Land Grant Holy-Land's Christopher Jason gives us the scouting report on the St. Ignatius standout defensive lineman:
Jones already has a solid build to him at 6'5, 250 pounds and looks like a player who could get into the defensive line rotation his first season in Columbus.
Jones is already an excellent pass rusher who uses his quick first step to beat the opposing offensive lineman. He seems to be the first player off the ball the majority of the time but he could still add to his arsenal of pass rushing moves. When Jones is not getting to the quarterback, he is getting his hands up in passing lanes and batting down passes.
Jones has room to improve against the run as he does come off the ball too high and can easily get blocked by a good offensive lineman. Here, his height is a disadvantage to him and it will continue to be until he works to consistently get off the ball at a lower center of gravity. Jones needs to use his long arms to gain separation on blockers.
Thus, Jones is already a good, tough football player who will only get better once he gets better coaching in college. If he can turn into a three-down defensive lineman and play the run as effectively as he can play the pass, the sky will be the limit for the Saint Ignatius product.
Before watching him on Saturdays, you can check out what Jones was doing to opposing offensive lineman on Fridays.