With a plethora of high school prospects attending Syracuse football's satellite camp at St. Thomas Aquinas High school in Florida on Friday, it can be hard to check out everyone. However, the Orange coaches did take notice of several prospects and extended three new offers.
One of those was to class of 2019 West Palm Beach (Fla.) Oxbridge Academy inside linebacker Dorian Jones. Jones caught the attention of the Syracuse staff during several drills, and it resulted in the Orange extending an offer to Jones. The offer was his first.
"I'm really thankful for the offer," he said. "It really means a lot to me. The coaches were great. (Linebackers) coach (Tom) Kaufman, I really like him. And (Nick) Monroe (the) 'swag daddy.' They said my physicality was great and they liked my quickness."
All it took after watching him in person was a quick review of his highlight tape, and the offer was extended.
The camp not only gave Jones a chance to show what he can do in front of the Orange coaches, but it gave him a chance to get a feel for the coaching techniques and methods of the staff. He said that part went very well, and he loved the camp overall.
"I think it was great and organized," Jones said. "I learned a couple of things in the cover game that I didn't know. The only thing was it was too many kids for registration, a long wait. But I loved everything else."
Jones says he wants to visit Syracuse and check things out in person, but he has to speak with his parents to see if it will fit in with their schedule. Regardless, the rising sophomore has one scholarship offer in hand and is excited about developing a relationship with the Orange coaches.