Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes are continuing their ridiculous recruiting run: Heard County (Franklin, GA.) 2018 quarterback Emory Jones has committed to Ohio State.
In April, Jones said that the Buckeyes were his “dream school.” Today, less than five days after ending his last visit to Ohio State, he is a Buckeye.
“I’ve always loved the school itself, and I feel like I fit in really well with the offense,” Jones said when asked what he likes about Ohio State today. “I’m comfortable talking to the coaches.”
The country’s second-ranked dual-threat quarterback commits to the Buckeyes on the tail end of a three-day visit to Columbus, his second trip to Ohio in two months. At the conclusion of his first visit, Jones said the Buckeyes would be very hard to beat.
“I really didn’t think you can top that visit,” he told Landof10. “It was actually better than I expected.”
As it turns out, he was correct, but hat doesn’t mean other schools didn’t try.
Immediately following the first trip to Ohio State, which he made with his mother, Jones headed to Clemson and two days later, to Knoxville for a two-day visit to Tennessee. Prior to being offered by the Buckeyes, the Volunteers were the leader for Jones and Butch Jones made it interesting. So interesting in fact that he backed off a plan to commit to Ohio State in June.
“Tennessee really gave me their all,” Jones said. “It was amazing.”
As the emotions of his Tennessee visit waned, Ohio State – the school he’d planned on committing to before his last visit to Rocky Top – remained consistently at the front the 6-foot-2, 190 pound quarterback’s mind, even if he held his cards close to the vest. His decision to play coy after his most recent visit caught the Buckeyes by surprise. He decided he needed another visit to each school and in the last week, made each of those visits. First, on Thursday July 21, Jones made the four-hour drive to and from Knoxville and then hours later hopped on a plane from Atlanta to Columbus.
Hours into the Ohio State visit, where he put on a show in front of Buckeyes coaches and fans at Friday Night Lights, Jones knew it was where he wanted to be.
“It was even anything they did,” Jones told Landof10 hours before his announcement was made. “It was more of how I felt there When I first got to Columbus, the whole city just felt like home. I just felt like I could be there for the next couple of years of my life.”
Ohio State assistant coach Tim Beck has been the primary recruiter for Jones and has worked tirelessly since the spring to make sure Jones didn’t get away. The chance to work with Beck and alongside the talented players at Ohio State helped put Jones’ mind at ease, knowing he’s the right fit for what they do, and vice versa.
“It was great being around all the guys on the team at Friday Night Lights,” he said. “I felt like I can do a lot in their system with the abilities that I have and I got to see that it would be an even better fit because I know I will have a lot of playmakers around me.”
Of course, Urban Meyer has played a role in his recruitment as well. For Jones’ mother, Meyer made a big impression and she’s happy to have her son’s recruitment behind him.
“She absolutely loves him,” he said of his mother’s impression of Meyer. “He never left my side and him just being him, she thought that was amazing. She was excited when I told her I was committing and she supports me in my decisions. We both know she fits in with the Buckeye parents, too.”
The fifth-ranked player in Georgia, Jones is the second commitment in Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class, joining the aforementioned Brian Snead.
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