Emory Jones (Photo by Michael Clark)

Top 10 QB prospect Emory Jones still on with Ohio State, says three additional programs have chance at flip

Few committed prospects in the South remain as coveted as top 10 quarterback prospect Emory Jones, who listed a trio of programs still in the mix despite his Ohio State pledge.

Ohio State was the dream school for Scout top 10 quarterback prospect Emory Jones and he jumped on board with Urban Meyer and company last summer. He remains excited about his future in the program.

Throughout his public pledge and in the time since, the Franklin (Ga.) Heard County passer has been honest about his desire to stick with the verbal commitment despite many additional programs recruiting him consistently. 

But a few others, each within the region, still have the potential to flip the pledge.

"Who has a shot? I'll say AlabamaFloridaFlorida State," Jones said.

The four-star visited Tuscaloosa in March, not long after picking up a scholarship offer from the national runner-up.

"Alabama is a dominant program, I always love what they do and I like what they did last year with Jalen Hurts," he said.

Florida has been heavy on Jones for a much longer amount of time, led by the Gator head coach himself.

"Their quarterback depth is not really strong right now, so I think I could come in and play early there," he said. "Also, I know coach (Jim) McElwain personally and I think he'd be a great quarterback trainer for me."

The only other program mentioned, Florida State, hasn't officially joined the race with a scholarship offer. But that may soon change once a trip to Tallahassee is completed.

"I'm going up there soon and I think they're going to pull the trigger then," he said. "Jimbo Fisher, I just love what he does offensively and I love the way he has developed his quarterbacks in the past."


Ohio State is well aware of the visit activity.

"They really don't like all that," Jones said. "But for myself it's the best, just to make sure I pick the right place."

Whether the Scout 100 quarterback sticks with the Buckeyes or ends up elsewhere, a final decision is likely before the 2017 football season begins.

"It will be pretty soon, probably in the summer," he said. "As a quarterback, you really need that because you start in early, start learning the plays and get comfortable with it."

Set to graduate high school in December, Jones impressed Scout over the last two weekends with his work at The Opening Atlanta (video above) and at the Under Armour All-America camp, in which he was named a top offensive performer.  

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