Can any school in Jamarco Jones' final four catch Ohio State?

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Are the Buckeyes a lock for Jones?

Jamarco Jones was one of the most talented players at the Chicago NFTC Sunday. Unfortunately, the big tackle recruit out of Chicago (IL) De La Salle High School couldn't participate after recently undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn posterior labrum.

Jones did make news, however, by naming a final four from which he will name his destination on June 27. He will visit each school before making his final decision.

The four? Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Michigan, in no specific order, at least according to Jones.

Why did the four make the cut? Distance and comfort. Jones indicated that he felt a level of comfort at the four. Distance was the deciding factor against the schools that didn't make the cut.

"The SEC schools, Florida, I was going to visit them - with the great competition down there, but I kinda want stay close to home and give my family a chance to come see me play," Jones said. "And then Wisconsin, they're also a great program. I've been up there a couple times. I got to meet the new coaching staff. I really like them a lot."

Ohio State is considered a very strong favorite for Jones, though he claims no leader. He has been to see the Buckeyes more than any other school and he has a great level of comfort with the coaching staff, including coaches Meyer, Vrabel and Warinner. He spoke highly of Ohio State's tradition.

Notre Dame is also in the picture.

"They were in the national championship game last year so I know they're a great program," Jones said.

Michigan is still pushing hard for Jones.

"I feel very comfortable with Coach (Brady) Hoke and Coach (Darrell) Funk, and the direction of their program," Jones. "I know they've only been there a couple years but I really think Michigan is a good school that can do a lot for me academically and athletically."

And Michigan State is also in the running.

"I went for a camp last year and I got to work with Coach (Mark) Staten. Also Coach (Mark) Dantonio, I talk to him quite a bit and I'm really comfortable with their campus and program as a whole. I got to go to a game and experience that, and I liked that a lot," Jones said.

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