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Jermaine Eluemunor: from England to the NFL

‘owdy, all

UCLA v Texas A&M Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

OI! Them holding calls is shit, innit?

Jermaine Eluemunor’s route to starting SEC offensive lineman was not your typical one. It began across the choppy waters of the Atlantic in England, and he’s endured plenty of hardships along the way, like a complete lack of decent fish n chips stateside as well living in New Jersey for a time.

But he got here eventually, via junior college in Pennsylvania, and he made the most of it. Got ranked a 4-star (how bizarre recruiting must be to a foreigner!) and picked the Ags over lots of competition. He transferred to A&M in time to redshirt and study under Cedric Ogbuehi and Jarvis Harrison. Then he cut his teeth in 2015 with Mike Matthews and Germain Ifedi before helping Avery Gennesy lead the 2016 front.

He’s not the first English player to make a run at the NFL. Hell, there’s a whole Wikipedia page devoted to this category. But he’s the first one to come through College Station to do it. Something caught his eye about the place on one of those recruiting visits back in 2013. Maybe it was the excitement in the air that Johnny created. Or the impending expansion of Kyle Field. Maybe he liked being off the beaten track a little bit after travelling across an ocean and smack into the heart of the population mass of the Northeast. Whatever it was, it’s very similar to what we all felt about the place the first time we walked around campus. You feel like you’re home and can’t wait to get back.

Gig ‘Em Jermaine, and beat the hell outta the NFL Combine.

PS. Happy Fat Tuesday, you beautiful monsters.