As the Early Signing Period quickly approaches, many of the Nation’s top athletes will be making a decision as to what school they will be playing for for the next 3 to 5 years. The hottest name floating around the Gator Nation right now is 4-star quarterback Emory Jones, who will be making his decision this Wednesday, initially between his current commitment Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, and Florida State.
But as the weekend unfolded multiple reports have surfaced indicating that the Crimson Tide are now out of the running, and very likely one other school…
The Tide had been showing interest in Jones over the course of the last few months and have been pressing for a flip from Jones, was trying to get the 4-star quarterback on campus this weekend for an unofficial visit. Obviously that trip did not happen as Jones made his way to Gainesville for an official visit with the Gators and then to Tallahassee for a visit with Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart on Sunday. It appears now, even after Nick Saban and Alabama have made Jones a priority, he hasn’t shown any real desire to end up in Crimson, with many believing he has moved on from the Tide.
But the Tide may not be the only school out of the running for the 4-star gunslinger, with our own sources close to the Ohio State program believing that the Buckeyes are already planning for his de-commitment . Even though he is still committed to OSU, Jones has not shown as much in the past months, likely revealing his hand for a possible flip. Ohio State has indicated his expected departure by chasing after and receiving a commitment from 3-star QB Matthew Baldwin earlier this month. Our sources indicate that they would still like to sign Jones to the class and that he is still in contact with their staff, but nobody is holding their breath. It’s always hard to count out Urban Myer, but the tea leaves may be telling otherwise
Florida fans rejoiced on Friday when they found out that Jones would making an official visit to Gainesville. After the gut wrenching loss of 4-star and longtime commit Matt Corral, hearing that a new quarterback was listening to the Gators was music to the ears. SEC country had reported in early December that Jones was interested in the Gators and would listen to Coach Mullen if he decided to pursue the duel threat quarterback. The pairing made sense on paper as Florida continues its search for a talented quarterback and Jones would fit perfectly in Dan Mullen’s spread offense. It is our understanding that Jones really enjoyed his visit, getting a chance to check out the facilities and meet with the coaches.
One other team decided to enter the fray in the hunt for Emory Jones’ signature, and that was Florida State who was able to snag him for a visit on Sunday after he was at UF. That news made may in Gator Nation moan with frustration, but it is our belief that the Seminoles did not do enough to make themselves any type of leader for his services. It is thought that the lack of support staff and open coaching positions at FSU around new head coach Willie Taggart made the visit somewhat empty in comparison to his other officials.
What went from a solid commitment to a four-horse race, and now seemingly down to two choices had made Emory Jones’ recruitment process an interesting one. These types of things are hard to really nail down until pen is to paper (heck, a month ago we were excited for Corral to be in the Swamp and now he’s at Ole Miss) but we trust our sources and the writing is on the wall for Jones to make a move. Obviously anything is possible and it’s anybody’s guess as to where Jones will decide to play. But if you’re into guessing and trying to read between the lines, we think Florida as a real shot here. Look for it to come down to the Buckeyes and the Gators when the decision is made.
Emory Jones will sign this Wednesday, December 20th, and we anticipate a decision could be made as early as Tuesday. Hold onto your seats Gator fans!
Prediction: Keep your fingers crossed, Gator fans! We think he’s Florida bound.
Florida Gators – 65%
Ohio State – 20%
Florida State – 10%
Alabama – 5%