Early Duke Offer has more on the table

Arizona TE/DE prospect Cody Jones was first offered by the Blue Devils three weeks ago. Since then he's picked up another offer from a program that is very familiar.

"I was offered by Purdue," said Cody Jones. "I was offered by Duke earlier this year, and I plan on visiting both programs this summer."

Jones, who projects to play either the defensive or tight end spot at the next level, spent most of his junior season as Sabino (AZ) High School's quarterback. There he passed for 916 yds for 13 TDs and three picks while being named first team all region.

He was equally good on the defensive side of the ball where he logged a team best 11 sacks while seeing limited action in the trenches. Those numbers had the Blue Devils calling early and often before extending an offer.

"I like the prestigious education Duke has," said Jones. "I haven't been there, but it seems like a good area because it's near North Carolina and North Carolina St and is a good college area. I'll try to visit Duke and Purdue this summer. I think I'm gonna go through the whole process. Unless I totally fall in love with a school, I don't think I'll commit early."

In addition, Cody says he will camp at Colorado State and Arizona State, while attending the Arizona spring game later this week.

Speaking of the Wildcats, they can be considered early favorites since the Tuscon campus is exactly nine miles from Jones' childhood home. However if the Cats are going to win this recruiting battle, they'll have to sell Jones on their program, not their location.

"It's in town and everything in Tucson is about U of A. I don't really have a preference to stay close or go away."

While Purdue has indicated they want Jones to play the tight end position, Arizona says they'd prefer him to step in at the defensive end slot. Meanwhile the Blue Devils have yet to determine where he would best fit in should he attend Duke.

In the weight room Jones benches 275, squats 375 and has a vertical jump of 28 inches. "I have good speed for my size and good vision. I know what's going on around me. I'm tough and I like to go out there and hit. I'd like to improve my lateral movement and get stronger. I'd like to bust through blockers easier."

Off the field Jones maintains a 3.2 grade point average and is awaiting his SAT scores.

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