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Kentucky is front-runner to land Ohio State transfer Marcelys Jones, per report

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Sophomore offensive lineman Marcelys Jones is leaving Ohio State, and Kentucky could be his landing spot.

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The Kentucky Wildcats could be in the mix for one of the biggest transfers of the summer.

Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Marcelys Jones is transferring from the program after one year. According to 24/7Sports, Kentucky is his likely destination.

Jones signed with the Buckeyes as an Army All-American and four-star prospect per 247Sports coming out of Cleveland Glenville in the Class of 2014. He was the first to commit in the class, back on Christmas Day of 2013, and enrolled early, but not before some last-minute drama and rumors that he might enroll at Kentucky rather than Ohio State.

247Sports is told that the Wildcats are the front-runner to land Jones, where he reportedly feels he can see the field faster. No other comments have been made by Ohio State or the Jones camp at this time.

Earlier in the day, KSR's Matt Jones reported Marcelys had already been given permission to speak to UK. He was one of three signees from Cleveland’s Glenville High School trio who were part of the OSU 2014 recruiting class, including defensive backs Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore.

This would be a huge pickup for UK is they're able to land Jones, who was a big-time offensive lineman prospect in the class of 2014. While Jones would sit out 2015 under NCAA transfer rules, he'd be a huge boost to the offensive line in 2016 when seniors Zach West and Jordan Swindle graduate. Jones is more suited at guard, and could fight for playing time at either guard spot.

Jones was a four-star recruit, the No. 14 player in Ohio and the No. 17 offensive guard prospect in the country, according to Alabama, Florida State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Tennessee were among the many BCS programs to offer Jones.