The Syracuse staff was very active in the Midwest during their time at Bowling Green, including in Ohio. One of the top schools in the state is St. Edward, where the old staff landed Troy Henderson in the 2015 cycle.
Adding Jones gives them even more ties to the program, starting a pipeline there. That is huge going forward, as they regularly produce division one talent.
In fact, Syracuse is after another one of their players in three-star safety Tony Butler. When asked if this would impact his interest in the Orange, Butler answered, "it'll be interesting."
Butler added Henderson is already recruiting him hard. Therefore, having Jones as another voice pitching 'Cuse will only help them as try to land the talented defensive back.
The defensive backfield needs an upgrade. Both in terms of depth and size. Jones gives Syracuse both. At 6-foot-2, he is a bigger corner, but that does not mean is slow. Not by any means. His teammate, Tony Butler, says he has seen Jones run in the 4.4s for his 40 time.
Jones is also a solid athlete who played multiple positions in high school. The Syracuse staff likes his combination of athleticism, speed, size and footwork, which is why they were so eager to bring him aboard.
Syracuse has some young talent back there, but most are under 6-feet tall. In the ACC, that is a tough spot to be in. Jones helps to correct that with his size. Given his abilities, a move to safety could be in the future as well. But for now, he will start as the biggest and longest corner on the roster.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
With the dead period starting in the immediate future, several of the Syracuse coaches will focus on Bowling Green's bowl game. They will, however, continue to have contact with Syracuse commits and recruiting targets. The first weekend (December 18-20) of the dead period has the potential to be a big one for Syracuse recruiting.
Beyond that, expect Syracuse to try to schedule official visits with Sean Foster and several other top targets for mid to late January.
Also keep an eye on junior college wide receiver Alonge Brooks from Riverside College in California. Brooks has been contacted by Syracuse was told they love his film. An offer and subsequent visit could be on the way. Given that he is another early enrollee, this could happen quickly.
Jones is evidence of solid scouting by the new staff. Jones was not on the radar to nearly anyone except military schools previously, but he fills a big need for them. The recruiting weekend has been a rousing success for Syracuse as the staff starts to develop a reputation as being strong closers.