John Watson, Scout.com

FB Forecast: QB Daniel Jones

Continuing the Duke Football season player by player preview with one of the most interesting recruitments of the incoming class.

DANIEL JONES

Position:

QB


Height/Weight:

6-foot-5 / 205 pounds

High School:

Charlotte (NC) / Charlotte Latin

Year:

Freshman

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2014 Review

Jones was a later bloomer on the recruiting trail, but committed to Duke as a gray shirt candidate.  After preseason injuries hit the Blue Devils’ camp, Jones was awarded a full scholarship for the 2015 season.

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2015 Preview

He was the fifth string quarterback entering camp, and will likely redshirt for 2015 as new starter Thomas Sirk and backup Parker Boehme have a firm grip on the staring and primary back up positions.  But, as the program has found in the past, the third string quarterback is just two snaps away from being the starter.  

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TDD Projection

And Jones may have worked himself into that third string position if you read the various tea leaves.  Duke has already converted former third string signal caller Nico Pierre into a running back, leaving Jones and Quentin Harris battling it out for the third string position.  Of the two, Jones is bigger and reportedly has a let up on accuracy and touch.  It may not mean much for this season (barring injury), but it could mean that once Sirk graduates after the 2016 season, that Jones could have positioned himself to take the reigns for 2017.

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How he ended up in Durham

He committed as a preferred walk-on in December.  Schools such as Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Boston College entertained Jones throughout the recruiting process, but none were able to workout scholarship numbers.

Prior to the Duke decision, Ivy League power Princeton earned a verbal commitment, but Jones ultimately decided to continue to explore the process after a strong senior season at Charlotte Latin. That allowed Duke to get further involved, and eventually earn the commitment in December.  

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High School Highlights

Three-year letterman at Charlotte Latin High School under coach Larry McNulty ... helped the Hawks to a 19-5 record and two state championship game appearances … voted the team’s most valuable offensive player all three years as a starter … elected a team captain as both a junior and senior … during final campaign, led Charlotte Latin to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) Division I state championship game against Charlotte Christian School … as a senior, earned first team NCISAA all-state honors, first team all-conference accolades and the South Charlotte Sports Report Quarterback of the Year Award as part of the 4th Annual Charlotte Football Awards … [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]


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