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Jager Burton on Ohio State relationships, pressures of staying close to home

Article written by:On3 imageJeremy Birmingham



Ohio State football recruiting can be a wild ride full of twists and turns as recruits from all over the country maneuver their way to signing day. Lettermen Row is here to help navigate the tumultuous roads by getting to the heart of the matter with the young football players themselves. Birminology shows who the young men being recruited by Ohio State truly are — by talking to them. Today we welcome in Kentucky lineman Jager Burton, one of the Buckeyes top remaining 2021 targets regardless of position.

Lexington (Ky.) Frederick Douglass 4-star offensive lineman Jager Burton expected to be traveling quite a bit this spring.

He thought there’d be visits to Ohio State, Clemson, Kentucky, Alabama and other schools. He was planning to camp around the region, working toward invitations to national recruiting events like The Opening and the 5-Star Challenge.

Instead, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound interior lineman, one of the top remaining targets in 2021 for Ohio State, has been spending his time away from home at his family’s lake house, trying to find any way he can to pass the time as the recruiting world waits for a return to normalcy. To that end, Burton has tried to keep himself thinking ahead, and has been plotting out his official visits, including one with the Buckeyes for mid-June.

If that June trip happens as planned, it could be a pivotal moment in the recruitment of Burton. Buckeyes commitments Donovan Jackson and Ben Christman have become close to Kentucky’s top prospect and are planning to be in town with him, as are many others.

Why are those relationships with his peers important? What is the feeling at home for Jager Burton as Kentucky continues to improve as a program? How much has the coronavirus pandemic affected his recruitment? What would Burton like fans and media to know about the recruiting process from a recruit’s perspective?

Find out those answers and more in the latest edition of Birminology on Lettermen Row.