October 26, 2020

Coveted Brave quarterback humble about recruitment

 (Franklin, GA) — The winter months of 2016 have been very exciting for one Heard County High School athlete.

Sophomore Brave quarterback Emory Jones is rebounding nicely from the season-ending broken leg he suffered on the first play of the huge home playoff game with state Class AA power Fitzgerald.

Jones started full rehab of his leg a few weeks ago in preparation for his return to the gridiron for his upcoming junior season.

Sophomore Brave QB Emory Jones has already received offers from several universities including three SEC powers (Photo: Rodney East)

Sophomore Brave QB Emory Jones has already received offers from several universities including three SEC powers (Photo: Rodney East)

Emory is also weighing his future plans as several universities have stepped up to offer scholarships in exchange for his quarterback services.

The interest in the dual-threat quarterback has been especially high among SEC schools with recent offers from both the University of Tennessee and the University of Georgia to go along with an earlier offer from Mississippi State when he was just a freshman.

Jones’s other offers include Colorado State from the Mountain West Conference as well as another instate offer from upstart FBS school Georgia Southern, a member of the Sunbelt Conference.

The interest is not new as the 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback began to catch recruiting eyes all the way back in middle school.

Despite all the attention, the Top 100 prospect and fourth ranked dual threat QB in the country for the Class of 2018 (24/7 sports) is staying humble about the process.

Heard County head coach Tim Barron credits his mother, Trina Emory Jones, on the outstanding job she has done preparing Emory for the recruiting process.

“I think Trina has just done a great job,” says Barron. “Emory is very humble. He is not out boasting about all of this and it’s not changing who and what he is at the core — and that’s what makes a good teammate — but make no mistake, he is very excited for every offer.”

The Emory name is synonymous with Heard County athletics. Emory is just the most recent example from a long line of talented Emory family members spanning several decades at HHS.

Jones received his official offer from UGA during a recruiting trip to Athens on February 27 and he spent this weekend visiting UT in Knoxville. UT offered Jones on February 13. Jones visited Auburn University earlier this year.

The upcoming junior Brave has not named any front-runners publicly, instead staying open and positive about each new offer that comes in.

Barron and his staff know they have a special young talent and only see his stock soaring higher and higher over the next two years.

“We feel like he is about to blow up and be the biggest recruit to come out of Heard County,” says Barron. “There’s no question when you talk about him as a dual threat he is absolutely a true dual threat — he is special. A lot of credit has to go some special people outside of Heard County that care for him as well as our Brave recruiting coordinator Chuck Sykes.”

Jones says the academic programs of each school and how well he bonds with the coaching staffs will play a big role in his decision, but right now he is trying to focus on rehabbing and getting ready for the upcoming high school season.

“My goals are to be more of a team leader and be more communicative both on and off the field. I just want to be the best player I can be,” says Jones. “I love playing in Heard County, and I love all the coaches — they push you to be the best player you can be and to a better person off the field. I love the atmosphere of Friday nights in Franklin.”

The injury was tough both mentally and physically for Jones after he has rarely missed action.

 “I just wasn’t looking to end the season that way. It was a hard time and with it being that big of a game just made it worse,” said Jones this week. Jones also missed the entire basketball season due to the injury.”

Jones passed for over 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns, while accumulating almost 300 yards and two scores on the ground. He is ranked by recruiters as the overall No. 5 prospect in Georgia for the 2018 class.

Prior to this unfortunate injury, Jones has been very durable — starting every game for Heard County since the beginning of his 8th grade year at HCMS.

He led the middle Braves to an undefeated season with a 50-8 romp in the 2013 West Georgia Middle School Conference Championship game, accounting for four touchdowns in the game including two through the air and two on the ground.

The Braves open the 2016 football regular season at South Atlanta on August 19.

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