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ORLANDO, Fla — An unlikely source encouraged quarterback Emory Jones to sign with Florida in the eleventh hour of his recruitment.
The day before the early signing period, the Ohio State commit spent hours deliberating over his options after visits to Alabama, Florida and Florida State. During his decision-making process, Jones received a word of advice from 5-star quarterback Justin Fields, who had already committed to Georgia.
“On Emory’s Snapchat story he said, ‘Decisions, Decisions.’ So I swiped up and asked him what he was going to do,” Fields said. “I talked to him about it a little bit.”
The Georgia signee had strongly considered three of Jones’ finalists himself and offered his two cents on the Gators — reluctantly.
“[Justin] was like, ‘I feel like Florida would be the best opportunity for you, but I hate to play against you.’ I was like, ‘I’ll hate to play against you, too.’ So we talked about it,” Jones said.
Fields and Jones are both from the state of Georgia and have known each other for two years. Fields saw the Florida football program inside and out during his recruiting process and wanted to share his perspective on the Gators with Jones.
“Emory is a good friend of mine, so really I just want the best for him,” Fields said. “It’s pretty plain and clear that Florida has the most opportunity available for a quarterback. Coach [Dan] Mullen is a great quarterback coach. If I didn’t choose Georgia, I probably would have chosen Florida, to be honest with you.”
The relationship between Fields and Jones stems from their quarterback training. Both worked under private QB coach Quincy Avery and had a friendly competition in their workout sessions.
“We actually train together sometimes,” Jones said. “We both bounce stuff off each other. Sometimes we’re in training and we’ll just go back and forth throwing. If he throws a bad ball, I’ll say something to him. If I throw one, he’ll joke back at me. So we’re cool, but we’re always competing.”
That competition will now continue in college as SEC rivals. Fields thinks his former training partner will have success with Gators and looks forward to facing Jones in the Florida-Georgia rivalry.
“Emory is a great player. Everyone knows that,” Fields said. “He can run and throw the ball. He’s accurate and I just see a lot of upside with him. They’re getting a great player.
“It’s going to be fun to play against him in the future. We’ll probably text each other before the game and joke around a little bit. I can’t wait.”
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