Matthew Jones, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive lineman for Ohio State, has started all eight games this season, including Saturday’s 44-31 win over Penn State, and has 13 starts since arriving on the Campus in January 2018. In all, the right guard has made more than 30 appearances in his collegiate career.
It’s a career that the graduate student believes has had some ups and downs, although he likes his career now.
Jones was considered one of the top 100 prospects graduating from Erasmus High in Brooklyn, New York. ESPN had listed him as the No. 41 recruit in his class. He wore a redshirt in his freshman year, assisted All-Big Ten guard Jonah Jackson in 2019, and made three starts in 2020, including both the College Football Playoff games against Clemson and Alabama in place of the injured Thayer Munford.
In 2021, Jones finally began to break through. He played 427 snaps from the scrimmage and was awarded an All-Big Ten honorable mention by the conference media.
Meet the Ohio State Buckeyes
Meet Ohio State offensive lineman Matt Jones
I know you’re really into cars.
Yes. That’s right. That’s right. i love cars
How did this start?
I’ve had a love for cars since I was 8 years old. I could show any car and tell you the model and year by looking at it. After that it just became something.
Have you thought about opening a garage when your gaming career is over?
I have. I love restoring cars. I’m into the more vintage ones and only get my hands dirty restoring things. But that’s something I have in mind.
What kind of car are you working on right now? Or are you?
I work on an Infiniti G35. It’s a two-door sports car.
Does anyone on this team come close to you when it comes to the love of cars?
Not really. I haven’t really been able to connect with people when it comes to cars, but I know for sure if there’s something wrong with their car, don’t hesitate to reach out to me to get a second idea of what the problem is is and I like it.
Have you ever fixed a teammate’s car?
I have. It was an easy fix. It was not bad.
It wasn’t like anyone wouldn’t put a gas cap back on or anything, was it?
no It was more like the intake manifold was loose. So the engine sucked in too much air, and that caused the car to stall. Really just had to tighten it.
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If Ryan Day was a car, what kind of car would he be?
I think a Rolls Royce. I think that’s an appropriate way of putting it.
An S-Class Benz.
I can see that. And Tommy Eichenberg?
I think he’s more of a truck guy, so I’d say a Ford Ram or a Jeep 6×6.
When you work on cars, what kind of music do you listen to?
To be honest, I never liked country music coming into my freshman year, but I actually took the time to listen to them and it kind of impressed me. Not on the drinking side, but at least they respect women.
Do you have a favorite country artist?
Luke combs. He never fails.
Was there someone who introduced you to country music?
Those former guys left, but I remember Josh Myers and everyone used to sing in the unit room, and I was like, ‘Man, I might as well do that. Record everything. Record everything.’ And it’s pretty good. I like this.
Do you like racing? Have you ever driven a car?
I hadn’t. I have friends who do this.
Who is the biggest celebrity you have ever met?
I met some cool people, not really from the car world, but I met some cool people. I would say it was meeting LeBron (James) my sophomore year. … That was a good experience.
Is LeBron your favorite non-football athlete?
Yes. He’s quite a great player and his values ethic really opened my eyes to see that things are possible. All you have to do is keep your head up and keep going.
who is your hero
My parents really are my heroes. And the reason I’m saying that is because the opportunity to come here from where I grew up is such a blessing, so I just have to take advantage of everything I have.
What about your background in New York made this seem unlikely?
Just the environment of things. Everything moves fast, and as you grow up, there are many uncertain areas. Just having the opportunity for a four-year contract here means a lot. You know, step away from the bad and open your eyes to what is possible to open your future.
How hard was it to get from there to here?
It wasn’t terrible. I would just say it’s totally different. Much is different here compared to at home, the atmosphere of things. I feel like it’s more peaceful here. Home is aggressive and fast-moving.
And now that you’re here, what do you do when you need to find an extra moment of quiet?
Apart from (cars) I love fishing. I also fish in my free time. The two calmed me down.
Biggest Fish You Caught?
I caught two catfish this year, probably 12 inch. And I’ve never caught one.
Yes, and it was such a great experience. I’m just glad because we don’t have catfish in New York.
do you like sailing
i went once I loved this experience. I wish I could have that later. So that’s my intention. That would be a blessing if that came my way.
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So if you one day build your own home, where will it ideally be located?
Just somewhere quiet and affordable, honestly. I’m not really thinking about going crazy. … No need.
What makes a place “quiet” for you?
Just the atmosphere, the community and the weather. And I always like to invest. So if I could run a business that would be great for the community that would be a plus.
How do the people who make you feel valued achieve that?
It really means a lot when someone makes me feel valued because I’ve really been through this roller coaster ride for the past five years. It’s just a blessing to be where I am right now and not to have given up. So they stayed with me and provided me with positive energy. And I love the support at home from my high school coaches who are always looking out for me and making sure I’m okay.
What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone?
I like to get my hands dirty, so I like to build stuff. So I built a vanity set for my girlfriend.
Wait. So you work on cars and woodwork?
You are incredibly practical. Is there anything you are still learning?
I’m trying to learn to weld.