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Ohio State among leaders for top 2019 prospects

A pair of standout juniors are still considering playing for the Buckeyes.

Keiondre Jones
Student Sports

Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff seem to always have the Buckeyes fighting for a title. Recruits from across the country have definitely taken notice of what’s going on in Columbus.

Almost every day, it seems at least one recruit names OSU among his leaders. This weekend was no different.

2019 OL names leaders

Ohio State already holds a verbal commitment from class of 2018 five-star quarterback Emory Jones, but that doesn’t mean the Buckeyes are done trying to add more Jones’ to their future roster.

Over the weekend, Emory’s cousin and class of 2019 offensive guard Keiondre Jones announced his current leaders. Trimming down his list to 11 programs from well over 20 scholarship offers, the 6'4, 315-pound junior is still considering a pledge to Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Oregon, Michigan, Florida State, Tennessee, Auburn, or South Carolina.

One of the most sought-after linemen in the Peach State, Jones, who suits up at Callaway High School in Hogansville, Georgia, is currently considered the third offensive guard and the 53rd overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Buckeyes still in the mix for 2019 LB

Jones wasn’t the only junior to release his leaders this weekend. On Sunday evening, 2019 outside linebacker Marcel Brooks also dropped his list.

Nine programs—Ohio State, Oregon, TCU, Texas, Penn State, LSU, Florida State, Oklahoma, and Alabama—made the cut for the 6'3, 200-pound Texas native.

Even though it isn’t in their backyard, Ohio State has put in some major work trying to build a pipeline into the state of Texas. While Brooks is undoubtedly interested in OSU after locking in his scholarship offer earlier this month, it might be hard for the Buckeyes to pluck the linebacker out of the Longhorn State. At the moment most believe he’ll stay closer to home.

Quick Hits

  • Newly hired head coach Chris Holtmann and the Ohio State basketball program offered four-star class of 2018 power forward Colin Castleton on Saturday afternoon. Castleton, a 6'10, 215-pound senior from Father Lopez Catholic in Daytona Beach, Florida, also holds scholarship offers from the likes of Illinois, Xavier, and Clemson.