Recruiting question of the day: Anything behind Alabama QB target Emory Jones’ comment on Ohio State commit?
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What do you make of Emory Jones’ comment to new WR commit Kamryn Babb joining OSU’s class? If he truly means “welcome to the family,” who does Bama turn to at QB?
For those who did not see it, Andy is referring to Emory Jones welcoming Kamryn Babb, a 4-star wide receiver, to Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class. Jones sent Babb a message on Twitter that said, “welcome to the family.” I’m not sure why, but Jones has since deleted the tweet.
I don’t think there’s anything behind Jones welcoming Babb to Ohio State’s class. After all, Jones, Alabama’s top quarterback target, is committed to the Buckeyes and has been for two years. And don’t think that Jones being pro-Ohio State on Twitter means anything. Alex Leatherwood, who was arguably the Tide’s best peer recruiter in the 2017 class and extremely pro-Alabama on Twitter, nearly flipped to Florida near the end of the recruiting cycle. So, for the most part, what these kids say on Twitter is meaningless.
SEC Country spoke with Jones just two weeks ago about where he stands with Ohio State. Since then, the Buckeyes added a commitment from quarterback Matthew Baldwin, a former Colorado State commit.
“I mean, I’m committed there [to Ohio State],” Jones said earlier this month. “I am checking out other schools, though. When I told them that I was 110 percent committed, I said that I wanted to continue visiting schools. Before I committed, I didn’t get the chance to do so. I think they didn’t really care at the time I told them. When I actually started doing it, though, they definitely got worried. But I’m still committed. As of right now, that’s where I’m going.”
Even with just a week to go until the first day of the early signing period, Jones still hasn’t shut down his recruitment. In fact, when Ohio State added Baldwin, one source close to the Ohio State program said Jones was “confused.” Jones had told SEC Country prior to Baldwin’s commitment that the Ohio State staff told him that they needed to start looking at other quarterbacks because he had taken visits elsewhere and hadn’t shut down his recruitment.
“I really don’t care. It’s a business. I know how it goes,” Jones said of Ohio State’s inquiries to other quarterbacks. “They let me know that they were going to do it beforehand. When I started going on visits, they told me that they were going to have to start taking people in on official visits. I was OK with it. But I’m committed there. It’s not a big deal.”
Ohio State will take both quarterbacks in its class if it turns out that Jones wants to stick with the Buckeyes, but, again, he hasn’t 100 percent made up his mind.
If Jones sticks with OSU, James Foster, a former Missouri quarterback commit from Montgomery, Ala., will become the Tide’s top target. Alabama has been in frequent communication with Foster these last few weeks. I know some Alabama fans have asked me if that means the staff has conceded Jones to Ohio State. That’s not the case. The Alabama staff is just doing its job in recruiting — the team doesn’t just recruit its top targets. You have to continue recruiting your plan B and C guys just in case you don’t get Plan A.
Foster dreamed about going to Alabama when he was younger, so if the Tide push for him if they miss out on Jones, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him in crimson in 2018.