October 13, 2010
Is Jacoby next in line?
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Through the years the Boren brothers have been as competitive as siblings could possibly be. Lifting weights, playing video games, swimming laps... nothing was off limits to the products out of Pickerington (Ohio).
With elder brothers Justin and Zach already playing at Ohio State the torch has now been passed to the youngest son, class of 2012 star Jacoby Boren, the final Boren boy to go through college recruiting.
The 6-foot-3, 273 pound offensive lineman out of Pickerington Central high school has had some large shoes to fill with the success of both of his brothers. Most recently Zach was a key player on his Tiger team that went to the state of Ohio high school semifinals before suffering a knee injury that cost him the final plays of his senior season.
But just like his brothers, Jacoby has been labeled by some as not being big enough to be a successful college player. If he is as unsuccessful as either of his elder brothers however some school will be very lucky to land Boren.
"Jacoby is not quite as big as I was in high school," Ohio State senior guard Justin Boren said. "He weighs a little bit less and is maybe half of an inch shorter than I am but physically he plays a lot better than I did."
According to several NFL scouts Justin is one of the highest rated draft eligible guards on the board for the 2011 NFL draft so Justin may know what he is talking about.
"I go back and watch some of my highlight tapes and then I watch his film every week and he just destroys people," Boren said. "He gets after guys."
Boren recently picked up his Ohio State offer and it was a happy day around the Boren household. Boren has also been receiving looks from Cincinnati, Alabama and LSU to name just a few of the schools that would like to learn more about the lineman.
It is hard to believe that only a couple of years ago it seemed as if the whole Boren line would be playing at Michigan and facing off against Ohio State rather than suiting up for the Buckeyes. Jacoby has not made any decisions of where he wants to play yet but many schools may back off of him expecting him to follow his brothers to Ohio State.
"I was happy and I knew (the Ohio State offer) would happen eventually," Boren said. "(Jacoby) is a good enough player, people say he is undersized and whatever. But he is a ball player and when it comes down to it he is going to get after the guy across from him."
The youngest Boren has played both center and guard at Pickerington Central high school but likely would project as a guard in the Ohio State system.
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