Rutgers Offers 2012 Baltimore Standout

Rutgers made an impact in Maryland recruiting the last few years, and the Scarlet Knights are there again when it comes to the class of 2012. One of the verbal offers to go out to juniors went to The Gilman School's Cyrus Jones, who is being recruited as a receiver and all-purpose back. Jones spoke to about the Rutgers offer, and his recruitment. Find out what he said inside.

The Gilman School has one of the top players in Baltimore in the 2011 class in Darius Jennings, and it is also home to one of the class of 2012's best players.

Cyrus Jones, who is being recruited as an all-purpose back and receiver, already holds seven verbal offers, including one from Rutgers.

"I really don't know too much about (Rutgers) because I recently got the offer and I haven't been in contact with the coaches that much," the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Jones said. "But I plan on getting to know them more throughout the season, and when I get a chance to get in contact with them more."

There is plenty of time for the Scarlet Knights' staff to build a strong relationship with Jones, but there will be plenty of competition. Jones also holds verbal offers from West Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Iowa and Pittsburgh.

"I don't really have a so-called favorite, but the one that sticks out the most to me is West Virginia because they have a spread-type offense," Jones said. "And Iowa sticks out a little bit because they want me to play their slot receiver spot.

"They run a pro-style offense and I like that because I think that will get me ready for the next level, which obviously I want to get to. I think they would help prepare me better for the next level."

However, the level-headed and thoughtful Jones said factors away from the football field with sway his decision.

"Academics are a real important part," he said. "I take a lot of pride in my grades, and my parents stay on me all the time. That's going to be a real big factor in me choosing a school. Of course, you want to have a balance.''

With schools like Iowa already in Jones' thoughts, the location of the school doesn't hold much relevance.

"I actually want to get out and explore a little bit, if I can," he said. "Distance doesn't really play that big of a factor. Of course, I want my family to come see me as much as possible and that will play a factor in me choosing a school, but me personally, I really don't have a preference."

The dual-threat Jones amassed 750 receiving yards and 500 rushing yards as a sophomore. He runs a 4.5 (seconds) 40-yard dash, and will be an integral part of The Gilman School's offense. The Greyhounds begin the season Friday against Archbishop Spaulding (Severn, Md.).

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