Syracuse Leads for Jones after Visit

The Orange hosted several prospects during an important official visit weekend. While they landed two commits, they also made an impact on other visitors. One of those was Florida QB Akeem Jones. He discussed the visit with

The Syracuse football program hosted several prospects this past weekend for an official visit. One of those prospects was Miami (FL) quarterback Akeem Jones, who loved what he saw on the hill.

"My player host was Durell Eskridge," Jones recalled. "I didn't go out to parties or anything like that. But on the positive, I got to see the school and tour the campus. I got to meet the coaches and the staff. That was cool. I got a chance to see the academics. Everyone was very hospitable. I got to check out the sports management program. I got a chance to play in the snow. The hospitality was nice. The coaching staff was awesome. The players there have a tremendous bond. You can definitely see that.

"Everybody up there, I don't see any ‘I' I just see ‘we.' It was just a nice time. It was a great experience."

New offensive coordinator George McDonald is Jones' primary recruiter. On the trip, he extended Jones an official offer. That was a great feeling for the 6-foot-3 quarterback prospect.

"It was something that was great," Jones explained. "Coach McDonald got in touch with me since he got to Syracuse. It was something that came in late, but it was big. I really think that's where I'm going to end up going.

"The offense they're going to run is similar to the offense I ran in high school, which is awesome. They're looking at me directly as a quarterback. After I get in, just learn the playbook, and get it rolling."

A common theme among the new recruiting targets has been McDonald's influence. Jones said they have a long relationship, and it means a lot that he continues to recruit him despite switching schools.

"Coach McDonald has been following me for the last two and a half to three years," Jones admitted. "Ever since he was at the University of Miami. He was never in position there to offer me the scholarship as a quarterback. But since he moved to Syracuse, it opened the door for him to offer me. So then it was really cool because there was no way I would've thought he'd be following me for these three years since he left the University of Miami.

"Somehow, someway, everything worked out. It was big. That's why I'm really interested in Syracuse, because of coach Mcdonald. The fact that he found me down here was big."

Now that Jones has taken his official to Syracuse, he is looking at a few schools but has the Orange on top. He still does not have a time frame for his final decision, however.

"I might hold to signing day or even after," Jones admitted. "Because I'm also looking for that other big offer. The Syracuse offer was big but other schools are looking at me kind of hard like Clemson. I might go visit them the week before signing day. I might make my decision on signing day or I might just hold off. Who knows?

"I might do it on signing day. But Syracuse is my leading school right now, then Marshall and then Clemson."

Jones also holds offers from South Florida and Louisiana.

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