Another Delayed Decision For Duke

As has been the case for many top prospects looking to make a decision before or on Christmas, Dalton, Georgia quarterback Marcus Jones wasn't able to settle on a destination. Instead, one of the highest prospects on the Blue Devils' recruiting board will wait at least another week to make his decision public.

In speaking with's Midwest recruiting analyst Stacey Dean, Jones' father Mark said his son was still mulling over his choice between Texas A&M, where he reportedly offered an early verbal and Duke.

"I think (Marcus) wants to make a decision the first of January," Mr. Jones said. "He's strongly favoring one way and he talked to their coaches on Friday. But he'll make a decision January 1st."

Though many consider A&M to be the leader heading down the second, or third, home stretch in this decision making process, the Blue Devils are thought to have gained some momentum after landing five star defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase. The thought process goes, that Oghobaase's decision will help steer other top rated prospects towards Durham, and eliminate the stigma that surrounding the program.

In speaking with Dean, Jones offered a very political "Well, I'll let you know…" in response to that question.

What he did say, was encouraging to Blue Devil fans looking for some insight to Duke's appeal to the 6-foot-4, 218 pound Georgia athlete.

"It's close to home. And I like their coaching staff also, the players. Mainly, it's close to home and that I can go in there with a chance to play early."

Though he's only rated as a one star prospect in the database, Jones has quickly become one of the hottest names in the recruiting world, who has eluded numerous analysts and thus hasn't been able to be evaluated by industry experts.

Still, a number of coaching staffs have found him and he has 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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