Top Prospect Down To Two...Again

Just one week ago it would have seemed that Marcus Jones was closing in on a decision. After all, the 6-foot-4, 200 lbs athlete had narrowed his list to Texas A&M and Duke. Then, in a surprising move, the Aggies decided to pull their scholarship offer and go in another direction, leaving the Blue Devils fighting another ACC program for Jones' signature.

Dalton Whitfield (Ga.) coach Chad Brewer has seen his senior prospect deal with a number of things over the past few months. From being an after thought as far as high major recruiting goes, to suddenly being one of the top two targets on Duke's recruiting board, along with several other big time programs – Jones has kept a level course throughout. Brewer says the latest developments aren't going to shake his senior.

"Right now he's hearing a lot of things from a lot of places," said Brewer. "A&M basically asked him for a solid commitment, and he said he was still thinking, so they went in another direction. Last week Duke was here and so was Georgia Tech. Both schools are holding places for him."

The decision to pull the offer was surprising to several analysts, but not then again Jones had maintained that he wanted to remain close to his family. Something the Blue Devils could offer, along with another appealing attribute.

"Duke is making me think a lot about it," Jones told TDD on January 4th. "Duke is closer to home, and I can probably have a chance to play as a freshman there."

With the Yellow Jackets now stepping up to the plate, Jones will have another opportunity to compare head coach Ted Roof's pitch, something he's done for a while now, including on his official visit to Durham in December.

"I've 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. They are recruiting me as an athlete. I could play quarterback or receiver for them."

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