"I just got off the phone with Coach Meyer and let him know I was committing to Ohio State," Jones stated. "It really hit me today when I was sitting here talking with my family, and I decided to be the first commit of the class for Ohio State."
"It's a blessing for me and my whole family, and we are all very happy," he added. "Coach Meyer said it was a great Christmas present for him, and he said he was very excited. He was joking with me that (Ohio State commit) Donovan Munger was beating me up all the time, and he wanted to know who was the tougher cousin. I told him Donovan was pretty tough, but he's not beating me up." "He then got serious and told me that it was a big responsibility, being the first commit in the next class," Jones continued. "He told me to keep working, and he was happy to welcome me to the Buckeye family."
Jones, 6-foot-4, 320-pounds, is taking the role seriously of being a leader in the 2014 recruiting class.
"It was definitely important to me to be the first," he explained. "I am definitely going to be involved in recruiting other players to Ohio State, and I'm starting in my own school first. I'm already working on Marshon Lattimore to join me, and then we need to see if Ohio State will offer Erick Smith, and I think they will."
"There are very few juniors in Ohio that have Ohio State offers, so I know what an honor this is," he admitted. "This is a great Christmas for my family, and we want to thank Coach Meyer for giving me this opportunity. I'm going to make the most of it."