Illinois Quarterback Commits to CMU

The Central Michigan University football program has secured its second quarterback for the 2005 recruiting class.

Chippewas Insider has learned that quarterback Zach Jones (6-7, 215) of Morris (Ill.) High School made a verbal commitment to Central Michigan last night.

Jones is a three-year varsity starter for Morris, which is currently 10-0 and one of the top teams in Illinois' Class 5A. The Redskins will play Pontiac (Ill.) High this evening in the second round of the playoffs.

Last season, Jones started at tight end and defensive end for Morris with then-senior and current Toledo freshman John Goolsby starting at quarterback.

"You're not going to find a better kid or a better quarterback around here," Morris head coach Dan Darlington told Illinois Prep Spotlight earlier this year. "The kid didn't play quarterback last year and that is why no one knew about him. He has the most potential because he can run, he can throw, he's tough, he's played defensive end, he's big, and all he is going to do is get bigger and stronger."

Jones committed to CMU over Ball State and Indiana. The Cardinals also offered a scholarship. Jones had scheduled official visits to all three schools but said he will now cancel his visits to BSU and IU.

He becomes the sixth overall verbal commitment and the second Illinois quarterback in CMU's 2005 recruiting class, joining Dan LeFevour of Benet Academy, who committed in August.

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