For almost a year, the University of Michigan has held special place in Cornelius Jones's recruitment. After his coach mailed out film of the dual-threat signal caller's spring highlights, the Maize & Blue was the first big time program to show strong interest. When the Wolverines followed up with an offer this winter, Jones feelings grew even stronger. In a chat with GoBlueWolverine a few weeks back he coyly proclaimed no leader in the race for his services. Recently, though, he changed his tone. When asked over the weekend whether Michigan was his favorite his answer was different.
"Yes, that's true," Jones admitted.
Jones indicated a desire to make it to Ann Arbor for the March 13th junior day. His time on campus will go a long way toward determining how good of a fit the winged helmet would be. If fit is good… if he finds the program, coaches, and players to his liking, might a commitment be in the offing?
"It's a possibility," Jones stated. "We talked about it. We're just taking it a little slow right now and trying to work (the details of the visit) out."
There is no imminent plan in place to offer a pledge at this point in time, but the thought he is currently giving it illustrates just how strong the Wolverines currently are in this recruitment. That, however, doesn't mean that Michigan's lead is insurmountable. Wake Forest and Duke have also come through with offers, and numerous others are showing growing interest.
The heat will likely ratchet up even more once Jones hits the field this spring and gets more footage out. His recruitment could rocket into overdrive once schools see more of him. Last year was not only Jones' first year as the starting quarterback, it was also his first year of high school football period. Add to that the fact that it was the first year at the helm for Spartanburg coach Freddie Jones, and you have the recipe for a great deal of adversity.
"It was difficult at times," Jones said, "but when the team came together and the coaches came together, everything was okay. I learned a lot from last season. I made a lot of mistakes. I'm still learning, but I'm getting way better. My footwork has gotten better and I know my receivers now. I know them a lot better than last year. I think I'm going to have good connections with my wide receivers; I'm going to have good connections with my lineman, and reading (the defense). I think we should be better this year as a team because last year we didn't even know other. This year we've got a lot of players coming back and we've got the same coach. We are going to be better."
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Jones from his high school coach Freddie Brown later in the day.