July 19, 2018

Brave QB commits to storied national program

Brave QB Emory Jones officially committed to Ohio State University Friday morning (Photo: Scout.com)

Brave QB Emory Jones officially committed to Ohio State University Friday morning (Photo: Scout.com)

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County junior quarterback Emory Jones put an end to months of speculation Friday morning when he announced his commitment to play football at Ohio State University, one of the most storied programs in college football history.

The No. 2 dual-threat quarterback and No. 37 overall player in the Class of 2018 chose the Buckeyes over Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia, and a host of other top division one schools.

The most highly-touted prospect in Heard County history was joined by family, friends, teammates, and Brave head coach Tim Barron in the drone video reveal filmed in Heard County earlier this week by the Bleacher Report.

Jones had favored the Buckeyes throughout the process, but says that he knew he had found his new home after participating at Friday Night Lights in Columbus last weekend.

“I called my mom and I was like, ‘Mom, this is the place for me.’ I silent committed that Sunday when I left and my mom, she just wanted me to come home and publicly commit when I got home,” Jones told Corey Cusick of the Times-Georgian Friday.

His decision sparked a national frenzy in the recruiting world with coverage from almost every major sports media outlet in the country and Ohio including ESPN, USA Today, and Rivals.com just to name a few. Jones received his official offer from Coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes back in May.

Offers had been rolling in for the Brave signal-caller over the past two years beginning with an offer from Mississippi State in May of 2015 when he was only a freshman.

Jones has been one of the most impressive quarterbacks during this spring and summer’s camp circuits, with his stock rising sharply after continually drawing rave reviews from the analysts and coaches in attendance.

“I love the university,” Jones said this week. “I love everything it has to offer me.”

Jones knows he will face extremely tough competition for playing time at one the most storied programs in the nation, but he is ready for that competition.

“You’re going to have to compete wherever you go,” Jones told several media outlets this week.

The Buckeyes are recognized by the university and NCAA as having won eight national championships along with 37 conference championships (including 35 Big Ten titles), and four division championships.

The Big Ten team has completed 10 undefeated seasons, and six perfect seasons with no losses or ties. The Buckeyes most recent National Championship came just two years ago in 2014.

Brave head coach Tim Barron thinks the recruiting process in general helped Jones to open up in his personality despite being his quiet and reserved personality.

“If anything, I think it’s helped him. He’s become a more vocal guy,” Barron told Cusick and the Times-Georgian Friday. “I think he’s more confident. He was just so quiet in the past. He’s a very quiet kid,” Barron said. “I think part of this process has been good for him and I’m sure he’s glad that part is over.”

With the whirlwind recruiting and decision-making process out of the way, Jones can now focus on his final two years of high school ball with the Braves.

“It’s real big because I don’t have to come home and talk to coaches all the time. I can go home and work on plays and just focus on Heard County football,” says Jones. “I think we can achieve a lot this year. We’ve just got to put in a lot of work. We already put in a lot of work in the offseason, but now we’ve got to do it in practice and just learn more every day. We obviously want to win region and go farther in the Class AA playoffs.”

The time for Jones and the Braves to prepare for the season will be short. After kicking off the season with a Midnight Madness practice in helmets only, the squad will begin full pad practice on Monday and travel to Lagrange for a scrimmage with the Grangers at Callaway Stadium this Friday.

After another home scrimmage with Chapel Hill on August 13, the Braves will travel to South Atlanta for the regular season opener at Lakewood Stadium on Thursday, August 18.

Click here to see Emory’s announcement video by The Bleacher Report

Comments

  1. Mary F. Bailey-Mitchell says:

    Glory Hallelujah…
    Congratulations and Blessings,
    Mama and Son!!!

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