Gilman’s Cyrus Jones has been named the Maryland Gatorade Football Player of the Year.

The senior, rated the No. 34 senior recruit in the country by ESPNU, was honored for his football achievements as well as his academic success and character, according to ESPN High School, which announced the 50 Players of the Year on Thursday morning.


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Jones, a versatile 5-foot-11, 185-pound multi-threat player, excelled on both sides of the ball in leading the No. 1 Greyhounds to a 9-1 season and the first MIAA A Conference championship game victory, 34-32 over No. 2 Calvert Hall in double overtime. In that game, Jones scored all Gilman’s points in the two overtimes.

The fourth player from Gilman to be named Gatorade Player of the Year, Jones follows Darius Jennings, who won last year. He is a candidate for national Player of the Year, which will be announced this month.

“Cyrus Jones is one of the most dynamic prospects in this class when it comes to versatility," ESPN national recruiting director Tom Luginbill said in a news release. “He can play just about any skill position on the field, and he has tremendous cover corner traits. He’s quick, can transition, has ball skills and is extremely competitive.”

Jones has not decided where he will play in college. Wednesday, he said he would reconsider Ohio State after the Buckeyes hired Urban Meyer as coach. He is also considering Alabama, Auburn, Maryland and Virginia Tech.

This fall, Jones gained 2,365 all-purpose yards and scored 24 touchdowns, rushing, receiving and returning. An All-Metro cornerback last season, he had five interceptions this year and returned one for a touchdown.

Jones ran for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns, caught 39 passes for 635 yards and six touchdowns and accumulated 782 yards on returns with four touchdowns.

He will play in the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game on Jan. 5 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

To read more about Jones’ selection and to see the other 49 winners, go to ESPNHS.