Jay Jones, a 3 star quarterback from McCalla, Alabama, became the 13th commitment for Georgia Tech when he accepted a scholarship offer while visiting Tech over the weekend, reports Kelly Quinlan.
The McAdory High School player is listed at 6-1, 190 and runs the 40 in 4.5, but, to use the football cliche, his film shows solid football speed as he frequently outruns the competition. He also displays nice "micro-moves" while running in traffic allowing him to elude tacklers. A decent passer, with what appears to be a good arm, Jones uses his scrambling ability to keep plays alive while receivers work to get open.
According to several recruiting sites he was being looked at as an athlete with Scout ranking him the number three athlete in Alabama. His school, which is located in a suburb of Birmingham, is classified as 6A, the second highest classification in the state and he had scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Minnesota and Mississippi State among other schools. He was recently named to the All Birmingham Region Football Team as the second team quarterback.
Several recruiting sites were slow to pick up on his interest in Tech and apparently Tech had not offered until this visit. Many coaches, like the former coach from Athens, use the drama of surprising a recruit with an offer and getting them to sign on the spot when they visit. Coach Paul Johnson has said in the past that, all drama aside, he frequently tells a recruit that he wants them to see the campus first and get a feel for the program before he offers. If the recruit feels comfortable and it appears to be a good fit then an offer is made.
Congratulations Mr. Jones on being offered a world class education and a chance to play for an historic football program!