Florida State’s search for a quarterback in the 2018 cycle appears to have found a new name of interest in 4-star Franklin [Ga.] Heard County passer Emory Jones.
The 6-foot-2.5, 195-pound Peach State standout rates as the nation’s No. 4 dual threat quarterback and the No. 40 player overall prospect in the 2018 cycle.
Over the weekend, he took two official visits splitting time at Florida and Florida State. The Gators hosted him first before he made his way to Tallahassee on Saturday evening and spent Sunday there before the dead period kicked in at midnight.
Jones has been committed to Ohio State since last summer, but in addition to his visits last weekend, he’s also tripped to Alabama and Auburn in recent months.
But according to SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi, Jones recruitment could come down to the Seminoles and the Gators. He reported that Jones will make a decision in the coming days before signing his letter of intent on Wednesday.
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Would he elect to sign with Florida State, it would be a huge get for a number of reasons.
For starters, it would put an end to the program’s search for a quarterback of the future.
Quincy Avery is one the nation’s top private quarterback instructors and has worked with Jones since he was in the eighth grade.
He likens his protégé’s skill set to a sports car.
“He’s like a Lamborghini. He’s smooth, he can move, but he’s so powerful. So he has all those skills. He can do anything you want from a quarterback,” Avery told Florida State DieHards. “Not only does he have those things, but he has leadership ability. That is what separates him from a lot of guys across the country.”
His ability to make plays with his arms and his legs make him an intriguing fit in new Florida State coach Willie Taggart’s uptempo offense.
Taggart was able to get Jones on campus at the last minute despite the Seminoles not being involved for much of his recruitment. To be able to pull off a feat in landing Jones this late would effectively put the nation on notice to Taggart’s abilities and prowess as a recruiter.
Five-Star @jamareesalyer69 will kick off National Signing day making his college choice on Wednesday at @sportssocialATL at 10am. Doors open at 9am. Another 5-Star @eXjones6 will sign at 11:30. JAMMED pack list of prospects will be there during the day signing. @680TheFan pic.twitter.com/1zJroE8tMp
— Rusty Mansell (@Mansell247) December 17, 2017
Finally, Jones is scheduled to be an early enrollee at whichever school he chooses. That means he will be on campus and go through spring practice. Additionally, the Seminoles class would have an offensive focal point to build their class around that could help lure additional talent to Tallahassee by the time National Signing Day rolls around.
This could all be a moot point and Jones could head to Florida or stick with the Buckeyes. But for the Seminoles to be in the mix with him at this stage of his recruitment is something hardly anyone predicted even a week ago.
For now, the only thing left to do for the teams involved in the Jones sweepstakes is to patiently wait for his decision.