Exactly 20 years ago, June Jones took over as head coach for the Atlanta Falcons after serving a few seasons as the team's offensive coordinator. That same year, the Falcons acquired former No. 1 overall pick and Illinois quarterback Jeff George from the Indianapolis Colts.
Together, they led the Falcons to their first playoff appearance in four years in 1995. But the next year the two clashed and Atlanta finished just 3-13, which led to both George and Jones being let go. Despite the feud, they've since rekindled their relationship.
And now, Jones might end up coaching his son, Jeff George Jr. The two-star signal-caller out of Warren Central (IN) has not yet picked up an SMU offer, but he will be on the Hilltop for an official visit on January 31 and has high interest in the program.
"I always had an eye on them. My dad was the one who first told me took look into them because he played for Coach (June) Jones and said he was a great offensive coach," George Jr. said. "He said he's a great offensive-minded guy so why now take a look? So I did, and I did a little research on the old Run N' Shoot.
"After my senior season and after I sent them my tape, I started talking more and more to them. Coach Jones is actually who's been talking to me the most. He said they're tight with scholarships right now but he hopes to have a spot for me. He's going to look more into the status of guys that are graduating and transferring."
SMU currently has two quarterbacks committed in its 2014 class-- Darrell Colbert and Jordan Severt. But that doesn't mean Jones isn't open to taking a third player at the position. Remember, three-star quarterback Tyler Harris was committed to SMU before he flipped to UCF.
If the offer does come, George Jr. says SMU will definitely be around the top of his list. But for now, he's looking forward to his upcoming visit on January 31, which will actually be his second time on campus.
"I went there over the summer, and it was one of the nicest campuses I've ever seen," George Jr. said. "I've been to a few others, but SMU was unbelievable. I have some friends that told me about SMU, and the academics are great so I'm getting some good vibes. I just have to make sure everything is the right fit for me."
This weekend, George Jr. will be making an official visit to his father's alma matter. Illinois is the only school that has offered him so far, but its coaching staff wants to greyshirt him and delay his enrollment until January 2015.
"They offered me back in the summer so I've been looking at them since. Since my dad went to Illinois, I've been an Illini fan my whole life so it would be a neat opportunity to go there," George Jr. said. "But I have to make the right decision for me."
This past season, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder completed just over 50 percent of his passes and threw for 1,854 yards as he led Warren Central to a win in the 6A state championship.
George Jr. is also receiving interest from Nebraska and doesn't plan on making a decision until after his visits.
When asked if he could be better than his father he said with a laugh, ‘oh yeah… but we'll have to see about that.'
George Jr. Schedules Official Visit
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