Less than an hour after the state of Ohio's No. 1 player, 5-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman, committed to Clemson, the Ohio State football program received another early National Signing Day hit when 4-star quarterback Emory Jones committed to Florida.
Jones, a product of Heard County High School in Franklin, Ga., had been long committed to the Buckeyes, issuing a verbal pledge to Ohio State in July 2016. His decision to reverse course, however, hardly came as a surprise, as he had failed to shut down his recruitment throughout his senior season, taking visits to Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Florida.
The Buckeyes appeared resigned the fact they could potentially lose the Peach State product when they extended an offer to 3-star quarterback Matthew Baldwin, who turned in his National Letter of Intent with Ohio State on Wednesday. The Buckeyes are currently slated to enter the 2018 season with four quarterbacks on their roster, including Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow, Tate Martell and Baldwin.
Measuring in at 6-foot-2.5 and 195 pounds, Jones ranks as the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback and No. 40 overall player in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports.com. Even with his expected de-commitment, Ohio State lays claim to the top-ranked class in the 2018 recruiting cycle, with 21 commitments, many of whom have already turned in their letters of intent.
Florida, for its part, lays claim to the No. 17 class in 2018. But new Gators coach Dan Mullen appears to have gotten the best of his former boss, Urban Meyer, in the race for Jones' services.