Ohio State 2018-2023 OL - Matthew Jones ('22 Second Team All-BIG)

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    NO SLEEPING ON BROOKLYN?

    In 2014, Ohio State went to Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School and signed Curtis Samuel.

    In 2016, Ohio State went to Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School and signed Jahsen Wint.

    In 2018, Ohio State is hoping to go to Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School and sign four-star Matthew Jones, a two-way lineman for the Dutchmen. He was offered Tuesday by the Buckeyes, according to Ray Lizzi, an assistant coach at Erasmus. With offers from Alabama, Clemson and others, Jones – the country's 21st-ranked prospect in his class – getting an Ohio State offer was a no-brainer. He could play either side of the ball in college and at 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, though sources have indicated the Buckeyes see him on offense. Right now it's his athleticism that sets him apart from his peers.

    "In terms of his football ability," Lizzi said. "He's a man amongst boys and he has yet to meet his equal in strength and speed for his size at this level. The sky is the limit for Matt."

    Off the field, his assistant coach says there's nothing to worry about, either.

    "Matt is a super humble young man," Lizzi said. "He comes from a strict household and that is conveyed in his respect for others. He is a genuinely nice person and these offers couldn't come to a better young man."

    Jones said the relationships he has with Samuel and Wint have him excited about the Buckeyes' offer.

    "It's a great opportunity to have an offer from Ohio State," Jones told 11W. "It really means a lot to me to see that I have the chance to play side-by-side playing with Jahsen and Curtis. They are two people that I look up to since my first day at Erasmus. Jahsen and I talk everyday about football. He tells me all the time 'grind in everything I do and it will become easy.'"

    Jones was at Ohio State for Friday Night Lights last summer and says he'll get back to Ohio in the coming months.

    "I'll definitely be back in the summer."
     
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    Matthew Jones visits Ohio State

    One of the top two-way linemen in the country, Erasmus Hall (Brooklyn) 2018 prospect Matthew Jones visited Ohio State for Friday Night Lights and his head coach, Danny Landberg, said things went very well on his visit.

    “Matt’s visit was one more of out of respect rather than needing to go,” Landberg told Landof10. “He already has a relationship with Urban Meyer and knows Ed Warinner.”

    The country’s sixth-ranked defensive lineman had not yet gotten to know new Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa yet, so that was a big part of this visit to Ohio.

    “I think meeting Studwarma left a great impression on him,” Landberg said of his 6-foot-4, 300-pound junior-to-be. “He made Matt smile and laugh and he felt very comfortable with him.”

    While Jones himself had not met Studrawa, Landberg had and he was impressed with him from the start.

    “I met him months ago when he came to visit Erasmus,” he said. “That day, Matt was absent from school, so we had a great conversation and he won me over. Anyone who doesn’t like him is an idiot. He’s a fun, energetic guy all the way.”

    Right now, the Buckeyes have all eight predictions for Jones on the 247Sports.com crystal ball, and they have offered, but Landberg says there’s no rush for a decision.

    “Matt is just taking his time right now,” he added. “He’s still really getting a feel for the recruiting stuff and there’s no hurry at all.”
     
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    Buckeyes in Brooklyn to see Matthew Jones
    On Monday, Ed Warinner – Ohio State’s offensive coordinator – visited Brooklyn’s Erasmus Hall and saw, among others, 2018 two-way lineman Matthew Jones, the country’s 49th-ranked 2018 prospect. Jones, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound former teammate of Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel, has been high on the Buckeyes for some time and continues to be one of their top targets in next year’s class.

    Danny Landberg, the head coach of the Dutchmen, told Landof10.com that Warinner’s visit was short and sweet.

    “Warinner basically just told him to keep working hard for the team,” Landberg said. “To lead by example and to trust his coaches with his future and guiding him.”

    After Friday Night Lights, Landberg told Landof10 that Ohio State and Clemson were near the top of his Jones’ list. Today, though, he says his player is just focusing on his work and not on his recruitment.

    “There’s no clue in recruiting right now,” Landberg said. “He has a long way to go. He’s made big-time progress from last year, physically. I need him to dominate. We are similar to Ohio State in the power spread offense that we run. He’s a 300-pound kid playing both ways.”

    For Jones, right now, it’s about getting his body right, a challenge for anyone who is used to being the biggest and best player on the field no matter what. That will not be the case at the next level.

    “Matt is unblockable right now,” Landberg added. “When he learns to finish on the offensive side of the ball, it’s going to get nasty for opponents. His biggest problem is conditioning. Most kids just want to lift. I’m trying to get my big guys to understand how much more important conditioning is than that.”
     
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    Are we recruiting Jones as a DT or OL? He's listed as a DT on 247 and the #43 player in the nation. Could be a nice duo with he and Vincent.
     
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    Really not sure what position.

    Do not sleep on Aeneas Hawkins
     
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    Matthew Jones | Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall | ★★★★
    There are a few very intriguing options along the offensive line for the Buckeyes, and this is most certainly one of them.

    Jones is a talented two-way lineman for the Dutchmen – the alma mater of former Buckeye standout Curtis Samuel and current Ohio State freshman Jahsen Wint – so there’s a definite “in” for Studrawa and Urban Meyer here. The question ultimately may be what position Jones is best suited for; some have him as a game-changing defensive tackle, but I see him as an offensive lineman.

    Clemson is one of the favorites, as are the Buckeyes. Eventually, I think Ohio State wins out here.
     
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