Update on QB/ATH Marcus Jones

Many didn't know who Marcus Jones was for most of his high school career. In fact the 6'5, 220lbs Georgia native was able to fly under the radar a good portion of the last four years. However the Blue Devils' coaching staff not only found him, but also made him one of the top priorities in the class of 2005. Over the weekend Jones visited Duke and came away impressed.

"I really had a great time," said Southeast Whitfield County HS standout Marcus Jones. "I had a chance to tour the campus, see the weight room and football building, and just learn more about Duke. It was a really low key kind of weekend, and that was cool"

Low key indeed as the men's basketball program was away in Chicago, while the rest of the student body was busy preparing for final exams. Still, there was plenty to do around campus for the talented prospect.

"I had time to really talk to the coaches and get to know them. They haven't been really successful in the past, but they say they are bringing in a new kind of player and I could be one of them. It was the same thing that Coach Kelly was talking about in the in-home visit. They are recruiting me as an athlete. I could play quarterback or receiver for them."

"We had some meetings and they showed me the school. They even catered the meetings, and that was great."

With plans on majoring in accounting or business, Jones said he was impressed with Duke's reputation in that area.

"A Duke degree in those fields will mean a lot if I didn't play football after college, it's hard to top that."

Still, Jones didn't offer a commitment to the Blue Devils, but that shouldn't come as a surprise.

"I want to take as many visits as I need. I'm going to visit Texas A&M this weekend and then I'll visit Kentucky the first weekend in January. After that I don't know, but it'll be close to decision time."


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