Jermaine Eluemunor is quickly becoming a household name with recruiting circles. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive lineman just moved to the United States three years ago from England and attended Morris Knolls High School in New Jersey, just 25 miles west of New York City. Without any offers, he enrolled at Lackawanna College in Northeastern Pennsylvania and after a strong freshman performance caught the attention of top D-1 coaches across the country. Currently, he's up to 22 offers with Kansas State being on of the more recent to extend a scholarship.
"I wanted to continue to play after high school," said Eluemunor. "No one knew about me or cared who I was. I sent my film in to Lackawanna and they invited me to come. I pursued them instead of them pursuing me. I don't think they expected me to do anything. They have players on scholarship here, but right now I'm paying. I came with nothing to lose though and everything to gain. When I came in, I started turning heads and I've been doing so ever since."
Eluemunor has been offered by the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona State, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas A&, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and UCLA. Kansas State may have an uphill battle, but Eluemunor has some things he likes about the Wildcat program.
"I was offered by the O-line coach about two or three weeks ago," he said. "He mentioned he liked the way I played physical, nasty, and showed good speed and athleticism. I do know a little bit about Kansas State's program. They've been dominating the Big 12 the past two years, so it a program that's been winning and they've had a lot of success with JuCo players. I'm looking for a good offensive line coach who can develop me. My goal is to be an All-American and a first round draft pick in the NFL. I'm looking for coaches who are going to take the time to work with me to help me achieve those things. I think Coach Dickey is good at what he does and would work hard with me to be successful."
In his first year at Lackawanna, Eluemunor played left tackle, right tackle, right guard, and tight end for the Falcons. He'll start out the season at left tackle which is where most colleges like him at. Eluemunor is still on 18 years of age and won't turn 19 until December when he'll graduate Lackawanna.
"We start spring practice next week," Eluemunor said. "I feel like I've improved so much out of high school in becoming faster, quicker, and now I have more experience. I started the first six of our games last season. A sophomore came back midway through, but I still got a lot of playing time. This year I'm trying to keep improving with my technique. I'm always trying to step up my game. I'm going to tear it up and ball out this year and keep on turning heads."
Kansas State will hope a campus visit over the summer will put them as one of the favorites for the highly sought-after Eluemunor. This spring he plans on visiting Penn State and Ohio State. He already set up three of his official visits this summer to Alabama, Arkansas, and UCLA.