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Recruitment still open
Last month, SEC Country examined Florida’s quarterback options for the Class of 2018. Joe Milton has emerged as potentially the most attainable target, and Kentucky commit Jarren Williams recently received an offer from the Gators.
A recruit who hasn’t been heavily linked to UF is Emory Jones, a 4-star quarterback from Franklin, Ga. Jones committed to Ohio State since last summer, but his recruitment isn’t over yet.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound passer plans to officially visit five schools in the fall, and one of them will be Florida. The Gators offered him last April and he wants to check them out again.
“I have only been there one time,” Jones said. “They just tell me how I need to get back up there and see the place more so I can talk to them in person some more. They’re saying that they feel like they can develop me the best for the next level.”
Jones is ranked the nation’s No. 2 dual-threat quarterback and No. 27 overall recruit in the 247Sports Composite. He sees an opportunity for immediate playing time with the Gators.
“The depth at Florida isn’t that strong right now, so I feel like I could possibly go there and play early,” Jones said. “It’s definitely something that I’ve looked at.”
Despite his desire to visit schools, Jones claims his Ohio State pledge is solid. He considers himself the leader of its 2018 class.
“I’m 110 percent committed to the Buckeyes,” Jones said. “It will take a lot to de-commit from Ohio State. It would have to be like a major coaching change like Urban (Meyer) leaving or something.”
Jones told SEC Country that Alabama, Florida and Florida State are the only schools capable of changing his mind and flipping him. He plans to officially visit all three programs.
“All of those head coaches and quarterback coaches at those schools develop their quarterbacks,” Jones said of FSU and the two SEC powerhouses.
Those schools, along with Ohio State, will each have a young and talented depth chart at quarterback in 2018, regardless of Jones. However, he isn’t concerned about competition.
“That doesn’t matter to me,” Jones said. “You’re going to have to compete no matter where you go and no matter who’s there. That’s how I look at it. I feel like I could learn from those guys and get developed.”
Jeremy Birmingham, who covers Ohio State recruiting for Land of 10, weighed on Jones’ recruitment Tuesday on Twitter.
If last year’s Shaun Wade drama was too much for you, the next few months of the Emory Jones saga may make you stop following recruiting.
— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) April 4, 2017
Wade was a 5-star cornerback in the Class of 2017 who made an early commitment to Ohio State. He visited Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech last fall before ultimately deciding to stick with the Buckeyes.
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