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Key Ohio State target to reportedly announce college decision

Are the Buckeyes on boom watch?

Emory Jones
Student Sports

Is Ohio State close to adding another verbal pledge? Per multiple reports, a key class of 2018 OSU target is set to announce his college commitment relevantly soon.

A week after once again making the trek from Georgia to Columbus, Ohio to spend time with the Buckeye coaching staff, four-star quarterback Emory Jones (Franklin,GA/Heard County) will reportedly put all the rumors to rest and verbally commit to a college as soon as today.

Thought as an OSU ever lean since receiving his offer from the Buckeyes staff in May, programs such as Tennessee have made Jones’ recruitment interesting. The Vols were looked as major players for the 6’2, 195-pound signal caller, but since offering another prized junior quarterback on Thursday, all signs point towards Emory taking his talents to the 614.

Earning nearly 20 offers, Jones is considered one of the top junior recruits in the country. According to the 247Sports Composite, he is currently considered the third dual-threat quarterback, and 34th overall prospect in the class of 2018.

Will Jones become the second member of the Buckeyes class of 2018 or will end up elsewhere? We won’t have to wait much longer to find out. Stay with Land-Grant Holy Land for the latest.

Eskridge commits

After switching up a top three of Ohio State, Alabama, and Miami, and adding the Florida Gators, and Oregon Ducks to his list earlier this week, four-star prospect Jermaine Eskridge (Tampa,FL/Jefferson), a former Kentucky pledge, announced where he plans to play his college ball on Thursday afternoon, but it wasn’t to one of his aforementioned leaders.

While on the campus of the University of South Florida, the 6’3, 185-pound junior announced he will still close to home and line up for the Bulls on the next level. On a roll, Eskridge’s commitment comes just a day after USF landed former 2017 Ohio State commit Bruce Judson (Cocoa,FL/Cocoa).

Sitting out most of his sophomore season at Jefferson High due to transfer rules, Eskridge has still received over 45 scholarship offers from schools across the country. With talent to play on either side of the ball, Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are just a few of the many other programs to reportedly pursue him during his recruitment.

Quick Hits

  • Thad Matta, and the Ohio State basketball program are one step closer to adding one of the top small forwards in the class of 2017. On Thursday, five-star standout Troy Brown Jr. (Las Vegas,NV/Centennial) announced via his Twitter page that he is down to eight programs. Ohio State, Oregon, Alabama, UNLV, Kansas, Arizona, California, and Georgetown find themselves still in the mix for the 6’6, 215-pounder.
  • Five programs will fight it out for 2017 defensive tackle Donovan Jeter’s (Beaver Falls,PA/Beaver Falls Area) commitment. Either Ohio State, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Penn State, or Tennessee will end up with the 6’4 265-pound lineman on their roster. At the moment most around the recruiting scene believe Jeter will end up staying close to his Pennsylvania stomping grounds, and playing for Pitt or PSU.