January 27, 2011

Cardale Jones is down to two

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There have been a lot of questions recently about whether or not Cardale Jones could be a part of Ohio State's 2011 class and whether he would even make his scheduled official visit to Columbus this weekend. One of those questions appears to have been answered as Jones confirmed on Wednesday evening that he will indeed be in Columbus over the weekend.

"Yes it is," said Jones, when asked if his official visit was still on.

The big gun slinger will make his college destination official next week on National Signing Day along with many of his high school teammates and recently Jones has narrowed his decision down to a pair of Ohio schools.

"(My decision) will be between Ohio State and Toledo," Jones explained. "Just because of the atmosphere and being not too far away from home but not too close either."

It is not standard protocol for the Ohio State coaching staff to bring an unoffered player in on an official visit this late in the game but Jones is expecting to get a final answer on that decision during his visit.

"I think they're going to let me know this weekend (about an offer)," Jones said. "They have been in contact with our coaches though."

There has been some speculation that Jones could gray-shirt or go to prep school for a year before arriving on a college campus but that hasn't been a discussion topic between Jones and the Ohio State staff to this point.

"We haven't talked about that yet, if that's what happens," Jones explained. "I wouldn't have a problem with it though because I planned on redshirting my freshman year anyway."

While a lot of details still need to be ironed out between Jones and the OSU staff, he is very much looking forward to his time on campus this weekend.

"I've seen how things are for games and things like that," he explained. "Now I get to see the foundation."

With Braxton Miller already in the fold for the Buckeyes, some may speculate that Jones would be looking at a school with a less crowded depth chart but that isn't the case.

"(The depth chart) won't have any effect on my decision," Jones said. "Anywhere you go there will be competition."

With both Ohio State and Toledo having numerous players from Glenville on their respective rosters, Jones has been hearing it from both sides.

"They're all pulling me towards their school with jokes," he said. "They're all saying to come be with all of us and to go to a school where it feels like home."

Though Jones is enjoying the recruiting process, it has certainly made life busy as he tries to manage his time between working out, playing high school basketball, and weighing one of the most important decisions of his life. Because of that, there will be some relief when the decision has been made.

"I wouldn't say that I'll be happy it's over but it will be a huge burden off my shoulders," he said. "With trying to stay in shape for football and basketball which is two different types of conditioning, it will be a relief (to have the process over)."

Marc Givler is a freelancer based in the state of Ohio


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