By now it’s no secret that Kentucky is currently hosting 4* Ohio State commitment Marcelys Jones on an official visit this weekend. The Glenville, Ohio native got to Lexington yesterday and will be going home tomorrow. He was NOT accompanied on his trip by either of his Glenville teammates, Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore, both being targeted heavily by Kentucky (and Ohio State), although one or both had previously been rumored to be attending. The original word was that Jones would be visiting next weekend with all of the current Kentucky commits (and Derrick Kelly), which would have been ideal, but it appears that the Glenville trio will be visiting the homestate Buckeyes that weekend.
There has long been smoke regarding Jones’ interest in the Wildcats, although many have been quick to dismiss it, including Jones himself. Especially considering his current commitment to Ohio State and the history of Glenville being a feeder program for the Buckeyes. Essentially Urban Meyer should be able to pluck whatever players he wants from there. But apparently there has been at least some fire behind it, because Jones is in Lexington tonight.
Perhaps even more interesting is the rumor going around that as an early enrollee, Jones has signed financial aid papers with Ohio State (which is widely known) AND with Kentucky (which was not previously). If true, then Kentucky is in much better position here than most previously believed. And all of the work to keep the situation quiet jibes with that. It certainly bodes well for the Wildcats. It also doesn’t hurt that Vince Marrow is Jones’ primary recruiter, his record of success with Ohio prospects can’t be ignored.
Now, Big Blue fans need to proceed with caution from this point on. Jones is a huge deal, not only because he is an All-American at a position of need. But because he would be a high-profile flip from a power program that would be playing in a nationally televised all-star game. Not to mention the effect it could have on close friends Smith and Lattimore, each also rumored to have quiet interest in Kentucky. The need for caution arises from getting too confident or getting ones’ hopes too high. Kentucky is out of their league a little here, reaching maybe a little too high a little too soon. And that doesn’t always work out well for the underdog. It’s nobody’s fault. So don’t get too tore up if Jones enrolls at OSU in January, Kentucky still has the greatest class in school history signing in February. The future is still bright. It’s officially recruiting season again.