Catching up with Chandler Jones H.S. Coach
Tight end-defensive end Chandler Jones of Union Endicott (N.Y.) would seem to be strong candidate to join Syracuse's 2008 recruiting class, given that SU was the first school to offer him and his brother, Arthur Jones, is a starting defensive tackle at SU. So what's the latest on Jones, and where does SU stand in his recruitment? Syracusefan.com has the answers.
"Syracuse has offered him a scholarship, and we're waiting on UConn, Pittsburgh and Michigan," said Union Endicott head coach Shane Hurd. "It's obviously, with his brother there, somewhere he feels comfortable. He's been going up there since his sophomore year and he knows a lot of the players and the coaches. But he doesn't want to make any quick decisions."
Jones, a rangy and powerful 6-foot-6, 235-pound senior who runs a 4.75 40-yard dash, is being recruited by SU assistant Scott Spencer. Spencer has maintained a strong relationship with Jones, who has also attracted recent in-school visits from assistants from Michigan, Pitt and Connecticut. He has not planned any official visits, though, and won't be taking any until sometime after the season. Also a standout in track and on the basketball court, Jones seems a likely candidate for a late decision.
Syracuse is recruiting Jones at both defensive end and tight end, as he excels at both spots. In three games he has recorded five sacks and six catches with a touchdown despite facing teams focused on stopping him.
"He's getting a lot of attention, a lot of double teams," Hurd said.
We asked Hurd what makes Jones such a good prospect.
"His strength is his explosiveness. He's got great hips and he really puts a licking on kids. He can track the ball pretty good. And when he grabs you, you're done," Hurd said.
He also said Jones is a solid student and a good person.
"His mother works with the disabled and his father is a preacher," Hurd said. "Very good family."
Jones' high school has been good to Syracuse, producing the elder Jones as well as former SU standout punt returner Ed Koban. The Cuse is in good shape to continue that trend, though it appears we won't know for some time for sure if Chandler Jones will play for the Orange.
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