JUCO OL snags 'Bama offer

JUCO OL snags 'Bama offer

Alabama has hit the 2014 cycle in full stride, offering several dozen prospects in the last few weeks. Of late, the concentration seems to be pointed to the offensive line, and the staff offered its second JUCO prospect this week on Wednesday. The rising prospect is more than excited about his new extension.

"I got Kansas State and Alabama offers yesterday," said Jermaine Eluemunor. "I got an offer from Penn State the day before."

There may not be a Junior College offensive linemen hotter nationally than the 2014 prospect, who starred at Lackawanna College (Scranton, Pa.) during the 2012 season. His film has circulated nationally this winter and it's resulted in over a dozen offers.

"I'm excited about all of the offers I'm getting," he admitted. "I'm very grateful, I want to see what God has in store for me."

Eluemunor's extension from the defending champs held weight like it did when fellow heavyweights Florida State, Ohio State and Arkansas let him know an offer was on the table.

"It means alot, because I've been talking to the coaches for four days now," he said of Alabama. "They said they love my film, they love me as a player. Coach [Nick] Saban watched my film yesterday and he said he loved it."

"It means a lot coming from a coach like Saban because he can have any player in the country and he loves my film." he continued. "That's one of the best compliments I've ever gotten."

Saban gave the green light to go with the offer, but it was new offensive line coach Mario Cristobal that first noticed the talent of Eluemunor, who is originally from Danville, New Jersey.

"Coach Cristobal offered me, he just got hired. I've been talking to him for a few days," said the freshman. "I love Coach Cristobal, he's energetic, funny, he's a great coach and he loves his players.

"He wants to coach the best players and make us successful. It's been fun talking to him."

Upon reflecting on the feeling when Cristobal uttered the word "offer," Eluemunor immediately knew he'd accomplished something big.

"I was really, really excited," he recalled. "I'm new to this whole process and every single offer I get I'm excited about. A lot of people said I couldn't do what I'm doing right now.

"Not many people believed in me. If Alabama is offering me, it's the best school in the country...it shows what hard work and dedication can do."

And the film doesn't lie. What Cristobal and Saban noticed was a high motor and a relentlessness from the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder among other things.

"They said my footwork, my aggressiveness and the way I play," said Eluemunor. "I hit people, I love to hit people. I love to get down and block people.

"I'm not the lineman that just hits his own man, I'll hit the defensive lineman then go to the second-level to find a linebacker. If I don't get him, I'll take out a DB."

"They love my speed and they said I have a mean-streak, something they love in offensive linemen," he added.

Eluemunor's youth in the recruiting game has him taking the process slowly initially, but several offers have caused him to get on the computer and look into the programs sooner than later.

"I'm going to do a lot of research, talk to my coaches and see what they think," he said. "I want to go to a place that I see myself at and I will have a lot of success at.

"I'm going to start doing research even more, then start taking off schools I don't see myself at. I'll get to a top 10, do even more research, then come up with a top five. From there, I'll visit those five."

With a fall decision more than likely than anything sooner, the Lackawanna standout's plan is to ink his name near the holidays before enrolling in January 2014 at his school of choice.

Said Eluemunor, "I want to sign near my birthday, which is December 13. I don't want to rush into it, I want to take my time with it to learn about these schools and their traditions and coaches.

"I want to find the perfect fit for me."

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