Ohio State looking to flip Nebraska On300 DL commit Carlon Jones

On3 imageby:Keegan Pope10/31/23


Four-star Bay City (Texas) defensive lineman and Nebraska commit Carlon Jones is one of the prizes of Nebraska’s top-25 recruiting class. But after a strong start to his senior season, Jones is beginning to pick up interest from other programs.

On Monday, Ohio State extended him an offer. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder has been committed to the Huskers since June 29.

“I’m excited just knowing they are interested,” Jones told Lettermen Row’s Matt Parker. “We’ve been talking for about three weeks.”

He is already set for an official visit with the Buckeyes on November 11 for the Michigan State game, and is now one of their top flip targets along the defensive line, along with Florida four-star commit Amaris Williams.

Through nine games this fall, Jones has 73 total tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 17 hurries, 10.5 sacks and one fumble recovery. And while Ohio State already has a couple of defensive line commitments this cycle — including five-stars Justin Scott and Eddrick Houston — Jones is intrigued by the level of success in Columbus.

“They are a contender for the national title every year,” he added. “They get a lot of players to the next level and they play hard-nosed football.”

While the focus right now is on the Big Ten, College Football Playoff and finishing out the 2024 recruiting class over the next few months, the Buckeyes also have their eyes on 2025.

And they’re already off to a big start in that cycle as well. Ryan Day and Co. have three commitments in the junior class, and they’re trending for a few major targets in the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine (RPM).

Following picks in the Buckeyes’ favor, Ohio State is the major favorite to land five-star Houston (Texas) North Shore cornerback Devin Sanchez. One of those predictions came from On3 national recruiting analyst Sam Spiegelman, who wrote this about Sanchez:

“Texas A&M, Ohio State and Alabama jumped out in front with Sanchez after August, and after catching a Buckeyes win and more meaningful sitdowns with Ryan Day and Tim Walton, I love where Ohio State sits with the elite DB. Sanchez is in no rush to make a college decision just more than midway through his junior season, but the Buckeyes have emerged as the team to beat moving forward.”

In addition to Sanchez, the Buckeyes are also trending for four-star offensive tackle Carter Lowe, top-50 national prospect Elijah Melendez, elite linebacker Madden Faraimo, and in-state three-stars Eli Lee and Brandon Caesar. The On3 RPM gives the Buckeyes a better than 85 percent chance of landing each.