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Ohio State in final 5 for 2019 tackle

Is Dawand Jones Columbus bound?

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The Ohio State Buckeyes are down to their final few spots in the 2019 class. With those last few spots, the Buckeyes have to be selective, as they look for an offensive lineman, and possibly a defensive back.

While defensive back still looks shaky, it seems that the Buckeyes may have their answer on the offensive line, as following his weekend visit to Columbus, Indianapolis native Dawand Jones included the Buckeyes in his final five list.

Now, Jones isn’t only offensive tackle Ohio State is looking at, as they recently started talking to Enokk Vimahi, but I don’t see that one going in the Buckeyes’ favor. Jones on the other hand isn’t quite a lock, but Ohio State absolutely leads right now off of his recent visit, and I don’t think that changes between now and February.

Thinking ahead

While the Buckeyes are focusing most of their energy on 2019, they are still spending some time looking to the future, and on Monday night, they extended two offers that showed just that.

We’ll start with the first of two, Jalil Farooq. Farooq is a defensive back out of Maryland, and despite his young age (just a sophomore), he’s already picked up quite the offer sheet. Farooq claims offers from 10 schools, including nine power five schools: Baylor, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

It isn’t too often you see such a young player, especially a young defensive back, pick up so many major offers so early in their career. It’s pretty easy to understand why with Jalil though. Firstly, he has excellent size, at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, and his athleticism pops off the screen in his highlights. He has a lot of development left, but he should be a top defensive back in his class in a couple years.

The second offer is just as interesting, because it could very well be to the 2021 Ohio State quarterback signee. Washington D.C. quarterback Caleb Williams is considered one of the best QBs in the 2021 class, and like Farooq, he has the offer sheet to prove it, with Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State and now Ohio State all in on the sophomore, along with a few others.

While Williams is listed as a dual-threat guy, he seems like a great fit for the Ryan Day offense, and with the amount of capable East Coast recruiters on this staff now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Williams is target number one for Ohio State at quarterback in 2021 right now.