Marcus Jones Commits To Duke

When Vincent Oghobaase committed to Duke last month, many thought the top tier prospects were all accounted for. However, insiders will tell you that Georgia athlete Marcus Jones was rated as highly as Oghobaase on the Blue Devils recruiting board. On Thursday night, Jones joined Oghobaase at Duke.

"I committed to Duke about 15 minutes ago," said Southeast Whitfield County HS standout Marcus Jones. "I'm glad it's finally behind me. I've been hit up by a lot of schools lately, but Duke is where I need to be. I'm solid with them. The coaches were really excited."

And with that coach Ted Roof has secured the second of his top two prospects on the recruiting board in the class of 2005.

Many recruiting services didn't know of Jones' abilities until late in his senior season when a number of scholarship offers began flooding in. Schools such as Texas A&M, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Kentucky all called (and many offered), but it was Duke who won out thanks to their approach.

"They've been with me from the start. I've heard this and that from all these other schools, but Duke was the school who played it straight the entire time. I've always liked them, and they are the right choice for me."

Recruited as an athlete by the Blue Devils, Jones projects as a man without a position at this time, though he has been a dynamite dual threat quarterback, and for most of his high school career in Dalton, Ga. During his senior season he logged 55 tackles and two interceptions while accounting for over 2,000 yards on the offensive side of the ball (passing, rushing, receiving) for the 1-9 Dalton High squad.

"I'm going in as an athlete. I'd like a shot at quarterback, but I'll play wherever they'd like me to play. I think the best thing I bring to Duke is my quickness. I can roll around pretty well and use my legs in the pocket. As a receiver I've got good hands and good size."

Standing 6'4 and tipping the scales at 205 pounds, Jones runs the forty yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He reports a bench press of 250lbs and a squat of 450.

In the classroom, Jones says his GPA is 3.2 and he has already scored a 23 on the ACT. At Duke he'll major in accounting.

Note: Without seeing Jones' film, cannot make an assessment in terms of star ratings. However, one analyst familiar with Jones' talents told TDD that the newest Blue Devils should be "a four star prospect, three at the very least."

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