Hawkeyes Set Sights on Glenville Quarterback

High-profile program Glenville has another QB garnering attention from colleges. Iowa is one of the programs in pursuit of the '11 prospect. Cardale Jones likes what he's hearing about the Hawkeyes, who have offered him. Find out about his recruitment and more in this HI.com update.

Glenville (Ohio) High teammates Cardale Jones and Malik Moore consider each other pretty good friends. They frequently spend time at each other's houses talking about what they love – football.

A few weeks ago, Jones visited Moore, whose brother joined the conversation. He really talked up Iowa, who extended Jones a scholarship offer on Dec. 23.

Moore's brother experienced Iowa first-hand. Then, he was dismissed from the program.

"Arvell Nelson has nothing but great things to say about Iowa," said Jones, who like Nelson plays quarterback. "He told me that they have great facilities and a great coaching staff."

If a guy who was sent packing from the program has good things to say, that has to hit home with a recruit, especially when it's the brother of a good friend. Nelson is a Glenville alum.

"Iowa is great," Jones said. "You can never say enough good things about Iowa. They have great talent and they're coming off a great season with a big bowl win."

Iowa Offensive Coordinator Ken O'Keefe is leading Iowa's recruitment of Jones, who said he stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 222 pounds.

"I really like Coach O'Keefe," Jones said. "I started to get to know him when he was coming around during my sophomore year. I think we've built a pretty good relationship."

Jones led the Tarblooders to the state title game last fall. During the regular season, he completed 99 of 146 passes for 1,568 yards and 16 touchdowns with three interceptions. He rushed 56 carries for 264 yards and six scores.

"Talent-wise, I haven't seen anybody (at Glenville) throw the ball like that since Troy Smith and Terry Jones in the '70s," Tarblooders Coach Ted Ginn Sr. told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Jones considers himself a dual-threat quarterback who would like to improve his speed and strength. In addition to Iowa, he holds offers from Illinois, West Virginia and Bowling Green.

"(The Hawkeyes) have said they like my decision-making, my talent and my personality," Jones said. "They spend a lot of time at our school watching us."

Iowa junior-to-be Bruce Davis, a linebacker, is a distant relative of Jones.

"I'd really like to get out there and see what it's about," Jones said. "We were disappointed when we were supposed to come out with the (Glenville) tour bus. We couldn't because of the flood (summer of '08)."

Jones is in no hurry to get through the recruiting process.

"I'm taking it one day at a time," he said. "I want to give each school the same attention. The level and the conference really don't matter; it's where I feel comfortable. I just want it to be smooth."

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