A big official visit weekend yielded bit commitment results. Syracuse had three uncommitted players on campus and was able to pick up a commitment from all three includind Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward athlete Carl Jones. Jones is the former high school teammate of freshman linebacker Troy Henderson, and the two were able to spend time together during the visit.
"Troy is my boy," Jones told CuseNation.com. "He was talking to me the whole weekend trying to get me to commit. It was great to see him."
Jones is the second commitment for Syracuse over the weekend, joining three-star linebacker Kenneth Ruff. During the visit, Jones was able to spend time with the coaches and players, check out the academics Syracuse has to offer among other things. One of the big things that stood out were some of the new additions to the program.
"The facilities were great," Jones said. "I really loved the facilities."
Jones entered the trip without an offer from the Orange, having only received scholarship opportunities from Army and Air Force. But after seeing Jones in person and reviewing his film, the new staff decided to make a move with a scholarship offer. Jones jumped at the chance to play power five football.
"It was a blessing to get that offer from a power five school," Jones said. "It was exciting. All of my hard work paid off."
Jones is being looked at as a corner by Syracuse, but played both defensive back and wide receiver in high school. He is listed at 6-foot-2, 175-pounds and runs a 4.5 40-time. He is also a two-time state champion at St. Edward.
"They said I'm a great fit for their defense," Jones said. "They play that Tampa-2 style and I think I can make plays in that system. It's a perfect fit."
Jones is currently unrated, but will receive an evaluation from National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu.