Gilman’s Cyrus Jones has decided to reconsider an offer from Ohio State after the Buckeyes hired Urban Meyer as their new football coach.
Jones dropped West Virgnia from consideration but said Wednesday that Alabama, Auburn, Maryland and Virginia Tech remain in the running for his talents. The versatile senior gained 2,365 all-purpose yards this fall and scored 24 touchdowns for the No. 1 and MIAA A Conference champion Greyhounds.
Ohio State had been on Jones’ Top 10 list, but it dropped off along with Florida, Notre Dame, Penn Sate and Virginia when he first pared his list to five. The Buckeyes moved back onto Jones' recruiting radar Monday when they hired Meyer, who won two national titles at Florida.
“Urban Meyer is a great, great coach,” Jones said. “He had a great reputation from Florida and also coach [Luke] Fickell, who was the interim coach, he’s still going to be on the coaching staff, so that’s why I wanted to keep him around because me and him had a great relationship previously with him being my recruiter for this area.”
Jones' trip to the Alabama-Auburn game this past Saturday was to be his final official visit, but he said he may visit Ohio State before settling on a school. He had planned to announce his decision before Christmas but may need more time to make up his mind.
“I said I was going to make my decision in two weeks, but things have been shaken up a little bit, so I’m not really sure right now, but I’m not going to rush into it. I just want to be 100 percent sure that I’m going to the right place when I make my decision.”
Jones, 5-feet-11, 185 pounds, is rated a 5-star prospect and the No. 5 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com. Rivals.com rates him a 4-star prospect and the No. 10 athlete in the country.
An All-Metro cornerback last season, he was more offense-oriented this fall, rushing for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns, catching 39 passes for 635 yards and six touchdowns and accumulating 782 yards on returns with four touchdowns.
He will play in the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game Jan. 5 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.