Recruiting Update - Charlie Jones

We had a chance to talk with five-star RB Charlie Jones today. The Miami standout is still listing OSU, but the Buckeyes are trailing, and he'll be hard to get out of Florida.

As many recruiting fanatics already know, South Dade Senior High School RB Charlie Jones is one of the most sought after recruits out of Florida this year. He has an offer list that includes Miami (FL), Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Tennessee, and has recently picked up an offer from Florida.

At 5'11", 202 lbs with a 4.45 forty, some have called Jones the best RB in Florida and he is ranked 24th overall in the country by Recruiting Zone. He ranks his offers in order starting with Miami and Florida at 1 and 2, and Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Tennessee at a distant 3, 4, and 5.

"I am leaning towards Miami," says Jones. " My dad was a Miami fan the whole time I was growing up and was raised a Hurricanes fan."

Jones is interested in Ohio State and says the Buckeye offensive line would be a great line to play behind as a RB. However, Jones says, "I would rather play in Florida so my parents can see me play."

Another factor playing into Jones's decision to attend Miami is good friends from South Dade SHS Antrel Rolle. Rolle was voted All-Big East this past season for the Hurricanes for his outstanding play at the CB position.

Miami getting a verbal from another RB before Jones makes his decision would not discourage him from still committing with the Hurricanes. "I have been keeping track of commits and have been in contact with the coaches to see what they are doing. I might as well commit if someone else commits before another player commits," explains Jones.

Jones has been working on his elusiveness on the field this off-season. He wants defenders to miss him in the open field instead of just dropping his shoulder into the defender every time he carries the ball. This will obviously result in more yards per carry. He says that any college program that eventually signs him is signing a player with good character and a good combination of size and speed.

Jones recorded 1570 yards last season and over 1800 counting the playoffs. He also visited the end zone 19 times. Jones was named to the All – American Team and earned Red Zone Player of the Year honors in the state of Florida. Jones hopes to break Frank Gore's single game rushing record (419 yards) and his single season rushing record with over 2000 yards this season.

Jones will make a decision on which school he will attend in a month or two as the 2003 season gets underway.

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