Another Big Timer On Tap For Duke?

On Tuesday the Duke head coaching staff got an early Christmas present when Vince Oghobaase committed to play for the Blue Devils. Then, later that night the coaches got another unexpected treat when it was revealed that current Texas A&M commitment Marcus Jones, whom Coach Ted Roof has put equal priority on, is now considering switching his commitment to Duke.

When reached for comment on the status of his son' commitment to the Aggies, Marcus Jones told Stacey Dean of Scout.com that the decision wasn't firm, but more of "a toss-up right now between A&M and Duke."

Despite reports of Jones committing to A&M that had begun to circulate the Internet as early as last week, it would seem as though the Southeast Whitfield County High School standout will wait until the end of the week to make things final for the school of his choice.

After visiting Duke during the big December 3rd weekend, Jones had glowing remarks on his impressions of head coach Ted Roof and the Duke coaching staff.

"I had time to really talk to the coaches and get to know them. They haven't been really successful in the past, but they say they are bringing in a new kind of player and I could be one of them. It was the same thing that Coach Kelly was talking about in the in-home visit."

Like fellow high major target Oghobaase, Jones also saw the value of earning a Duke degree should football not pan out after four or five seasons at the collegiate level.

"A Duke degree in those fields will mean a lot if I didn't play football after college, it's hard to top that."

After bouncing around the recruiting world for a few years, Jones, a 6-foot-5 220lbs athlete who clocks in with a 4.6 forty yard dash, quickly became a high major target for several programs including N.C. State, Tennessee, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Duke and Texas A&M. Each program was evaluating him as an athlete and quarterback prospect.

At Duke projects as an athlete at this point, with a chance to make noise on the depth chart as a featured receiver or, possibly, a duel threat quarterback.


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