Palmetto Athlete Has Duke Offer

Ever since he took over the reigns in Durham, head coach David Cutcliffe and his staff have made a point to recruit a new caliber of athlete to the Blue Devil program. One of the region's top signal callers certainly qualifies there, and that's why Duke is all over Spartanburg, SC QB Cornelius Jones early in the process.

Over the past 12 months South Carolina recruitniks have come to know the name of Spartanburg's Cornelius Jones. The 6-foot-3, 185lbs standout could play a number of positions including under center or receiver, but no matter where he lines up, Jones is going to have serious options.

"I have offers from Duke, Michigan, Wake Forest, and I'm also hearing from Georgia, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina."

The Blue Devils were among the first programs to extend an offer, but were quickly followed by the Wolverines. With more high major programs likely to follow suit as Jones begins distributing his recruiting information and attending camps, such early targeting and attention will prove useful.

"I definitely want to visit Duke. They are one of the best academic schools around and they are working to rebuild their football program. One of the biggest factors for me is going to be the caliber of the school. This is a decision that's going to direct the course of my life no matter what happens with football."

Jones, who reports a 3.5 grade point average and a desire to major in business, says he has no favorites at this point, but does have a list of criteria that he's looking for.

"It's mainly just getting a feel for what each place is all about. Do I like the program? Do I like the coaches and players? What kind of people are around the program? What kind of education will I be receiving? What kind of program is it? Where is the program heading? Those kinds of things."

Jones says most schools are recruiting him as an athlete.

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