Top Remaining Target Still Not Certain

After the Blue Devils shocked the recruiting world with the commitment of Texas five star defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase, many thought Duke was likely finished swimming with the big fish of the college football world. However, that may not be the case as another high major target continues to take a long and hard look towards Durham.

"I still haven't made my decision yet," says Dalton, GA standout Marcus Jones. "It's between Texas A&M and Duke, but I haven't made it yet."

That statement is strange because as of a few weeks ago it seemed as though the 6-foot-4, 210-pound athlete was signed, sealed, and delivered to the Aggies. In fact even listed Jones as an A&M commitment. Despite that, Duke stayed on his trail and the results are now tangible.

"Duke is making me think a lot about it. I'm thinking about the distance to A&M and what that would mean for my family. Duke is closer to home, and I can probably have a chance to play as a freshman there."

When you add in the fact that the Blue Devils are offering a chance at a Duke degree, Jones admits things are starting to look up in Durham.

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

Despite Duke's long-standing struggles, Jones has been quoted as saying the coaching staff in Durham has made him a believer.

"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."

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.

"Duke is recruiting me as an athlete. I could get a chance to play quarterback or receiver, but I don't want to talk about that at this point."

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