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Emory Jones expects to hear from Florida
Florida coach Dan Mullen is going all in with QB recruiting this month, hoping to land another signal caller for the Class of 2018.
The Gators already have a commitment from top-50 overall prospect Matt Corral, who is ranked the nation’s No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the 247Sports Composite.
But Mullen wants more new blood at the position and has expanded the board for this year’s recruiting cycle. Georgia commit Justin Fields, Auburn commit Joey Gatewood, Mississippi State commit Jalen Mayden and Tennessee commit Michael Penix all heard from Mullen last week.
Another name to watch is 5-star QB Emory Jones, who is committed to Ohio State and could be the next phone call for Mullen.
“He hasn’t hit me up yet, but I expect that he will,” Jones told SEC Country.
Mullen was the first SEC coach to offer Jones a scholarship back in the spring of his freshman year. He visited MSU twice during the early stages of his recruitment, but committed to the Buckeyes in July of 2016.
Sources close Jones told SEC Country he was willing to reconsider the Gators last spring, but the previous staff decided to focus on Corral and Fields. If Mullen reaches out to Jones, would he be interested?
“I mean, we’re really close to signing day. So, I’m kind of iffy about it,” Jones said. “But, if he does reach out to me, I would probably go up there to check it out if I have the time.”
At this time, Alabama and Auburn are the only schools he’s seriously considering besides Ohio State. Jones is an mid-year enrollee and told SEC Country he plans to sign early on Dec. 20.
“I don’t have a set decision date or anything like that. It definitely has to be soon,” Jones said when asked about his final decision. “I just have to make sure everything is good and make sure I’m comfortable with everything. When I make that decision on where I’m going, I’m sticking with it. I’m not going to look back.”
Jones is ranked the nation’s No. 3 dual-threat quarterbacks and No. 27 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite. He has already taken trips to Alabama and Auburn, which has OSU coaches concerned.
“I’m committed there, but I’m checking out other schools, though,” Jones said. “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. 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.”
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