When Syracuse fans saw that the Orange had offered Chandler Jones, it certainly caused them to raise an eyebrow. This Jones is a 2015 3-star Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern offensive lineman with a lot of upside.
"I was really surprised," Jones said. "I was coming home from school and I got a text message from my coach saying that Syracuse offered. I haven't talked to the coach yet. I called but he didn't answer so I left a message. As soon as I got off the phone with my coach saying Syracuse offered, I was just like ‘wow.'
"Because there's a famous Chandler Jones that played at Syracuse and is now in the NFL. I was just amazed by it and the fact that we have the same name. I kind of think it helps them (in my recruitment)."
The three-star talent has not had any interaction with the Orange coaches yet, but had received a lot of mail which stated their interest.
"This was really my first time with Syracuse," Jones said. "They had been sending me a lot of letters and everything. Hundreds and hundreds of letters. But this was my first time really hearing from Syracuse."
Despite not having any communication with the Syracuse staff, the 6-foot-4 lineman still knows a lot about the program.
"I'm pretty familiar with Syracuse," Jones said. "I know that Donovan McNabb, the quarterback, he played for Syracuse. Chandler Jones for the New England Patriots, he went to Syracuse. So I know a lot about Syracuse."
Still early in the process, Jones had Syracuse in the middle of the pack before he was able to speak with defensive backs coach Fred Reed one day after being offered. That conversation vaulted the Orange on his list.
"He told me that the offensive line coach loved my tape," Jones said. "He loved how I played and he talked to me about the school. He told me down there I'm already known as ‘CJ Two.'
"That moved them up. Right now they're on the top of my list. Being CJ Two will be a good name for me."
Jones is planning a summer visit to Central New York.