Signing Day Impact: Cardale Jones

The journey might have taken a short detour to Fork Union Military Academy, but Cardale Jones has realized his dream of playing for Ohio State. Jones, already enrolled in school, is part of the Ohio State 2012 recruiting class.

It might have taken a little longer than he originally planned, but former Cleveland Glenville quarterback Cardale Jones is an Ohio State football player.

Jones, 6-foot-5, 215-pounds, has enrolled at Ohio State and will battle Kenny Guiton and Braxton Miller for playing time this spring. Jones spent the latter part of 2011 at Fork Union Military Academy following graduation from Glenville.


Jones has all the physical ability in the world, and the hope for Ohio State is that the time spent at Fork Union will provide the maturity needed to succeed at this level.

There is absolutely nothing on the football field Jones cannot do from a physical standpoint. He combines a strong arm, with great athletic ability. It is exciting to imagine what Jones might be able to do in an Urban Meyer led offense.


According to Jones, facing a situation like that made his decision a no-brainer.

"There's five quarterbacks there now and if I went there this year I'd be the sixth one, sitting around," he said. "I'm pretty sure they don't run six teams, so me and a couple other guys would probably sitting around getting one rep every 25, 30 minutes. Instead I can go to a prep school and I'll still have my five years of eligibility when I come there in January."

Unlike Boeckman, however, Jones will not spend the fall in Columbus. He will attend Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, the former home of current running back Carlos Hyde and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George.

"Guys that go to Ohio State went there before and I took the coaches' word," he said when asked why that would be his first destination.

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