Jones Looking To Set Officials

Cleveland Glenville senior quarterback Cardale Jones is one of the top quarterback prospects in Ohio, and he has once again led his team into the playoffs. Jones' sterling play has certainly drawn the interest of college recruiters, and he has an impressive offer list. Bill Greene has the latest on Jones.

Cardale Jones burst onto the recruiting scene last fall, when the Cleveland Glenville quarterback led his team deep into the Ohio state playoffs. Jones, now a senior, is hoping for another run to the title game in 2010.

"We have had a good year, but the only way it can be a great year is by us winning it all," Jones stressed. "I don't know my stats, and I don't care about them. After losing in the championship game last year, all we want is the state championship. We have a tough game this week with Lakewood St. Edward, and that has to be our prime focus."

Two weeks ago, Jones made an unofficial visit to Penn State, to check out the Lions in their win over Michigan, and was impressed by what he saw.

"It was great up at Penn State, and I loved everything about the visit," he reported. "I have an offer from them, and I liked the way they ran their offense. It was an unofficial visit, but I will probably be going back again for my official. I need to see how a few of my teammates schedule their visits. The Penn State coaches got to know me a little better, and I got to know them, which was good."

"I stay in touch with (assistant coach) Jay Paterno, and just the other day I sent him a note congratulating his father on his 400th win," he added. "I will definitely consider Penn State when I make my final choice. I don't really have a certain favorite list, because I respect all my offers, but Penn State will be in it until the end for me."

Although he is allowed five official visits, Jones has scheduled only one at this time, to Michigan.

"Michigan is the only official visit I have scheduled right now," he stated. "I'm going on December 10th, I believe, and I think we're going to a hockey game, which should be fun. I like Michigan a lot, and Coach (Rich) Rodriguez is a good guy."

"I'm definitely serious about them, and they are coming back to being great again," he added. "I love their offense and how many points they're scoring, and it's definitely impressive. I'm hoping to take all five visits, but Michigan is the only one with a firm date set."

The home-state Ohio State Buckeyes have been consistently recruiting Jones, but they have a commitment from one of the nation's top quarterbacks, Braxton Miller, and they have not offered Jones.

"Ohio State is always in touch, Coach (Taver) Johnson, but they have not offered," he explained. "They just tell me to be patient, which is what I'm doing. It's not like I would automatically go there even if they did offer, so it's not a big deal really. They say if the time is right, they will offer, so that's fine with me."

"I'm playing in the All-Star game in South Carolina with Shane Wynn, and that's in December," he continued. "I might take most of my officials after that date, and then make my announcement on Signing Day."

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