Ohio State picked up its Class of 2018 quarterback in July 2016 when 4-star Emory Jones committed to the Buckeyes. His recruitment has been a wild one, but if Jones sticks, he’ll give Ohio State coach Urban Meyer yet another prodigious talent at that position.
Here’s some background information on Jones as the early signing period approaches.
Emory Jones: Stats, bio
Name: Emory Jones
Weight: 195 pounds
School/Team: Franklin (Ga.) Heard County
Emory Jones: Recruiting rankings
National: No. 40
Position (QB): No. 4
State (Ga.): No. 7
Note: Data according to 247Sports composite rankings
Emory Jones: Commitment
Jones committed to Ohio State in July 2016 after making multiple trips to Columbus that summer, including a visit for the annual Friday Night Lights camp. He continued to make visits to Columbus through the spring of 2017.
However, Jones began to seriously look around at the start of his senior year of high school. He made two visits to Alabama before his Ohio State official visit, and then his trip to Columbus for the Penn State game came and went without a shutdown of his recruitment. He also took two trips to Auburn in November.
Retaining him became such a concern for Meyer that the Buckeyes began to look around. They took the unusual step of offering 4-star quarterback Jarren Williams and 3-star quarterback Matthew Baldwin and brought both in for official visits in November. After Williams committed to Miami (Fla.) on Dec. 6, the Buckeyes accepted a commitment from Baldwin on Dec. 7 to ensure they would have at least one quarterback in this class.
Jones took two official visits on the final weekend before the dead period, checking out Florida and Florida State. As of Dec. 17, though, he remained committed to the Buckeyes.
What Emory Jones brings to Ohio State
Though his recruiting process has been entirely unpleasant for Ohio State fans, Jones is a recruit worth celebrating if his signature arrives. He’s an early enrollee, so he’d be able to work right away with no returning starter. A redshirt is expected, but the reps will still be there.
Jones has an accurate arm and can run with the ball, too, making him the type of dual-threat signal caller that Meyer has favored in his career. He won’t play right away, but his ceiling will be among the highest in the Ohio State quarterback room.