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Cardale Jones, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound three-star quarterback from Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio, has scholarship offers from West Virginia, Illinois, Iowa, Bowling Green, Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Miami (Oh). Jones, ranked as the No. 20 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader and while remaining open-minded, favors Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Iowa. "Offers are still coming so I want to wait and see who else offers before I narrow it down," Jones said. "I really want to go where I'll have a chance to start by my second year," he said. "I need to make sure I can see myself going there for four to five years." Jones grew up following Ohio State, but the Buckeyes have not offered him yet. "They said they really like my size and how I can run and pass," he said. "I think they'll offer me." He already attended the Buckeyes Junior Day and plans on being at the Elite 11 camp at Ohio State on April 30. While Columbus, Ohio, is only about two hours from Jones' house, he denies distance will be a factor. Jones has also already visited Michigan. "I like the offense they run," he said. "Coach Rich Rodriguez and (quarterbacks) coach Rod Smith are great guys. I think I could fit in well there because they've got some young quarterbacks so it'll be up in the air. I like the competition. "I also like Michigan's tradition and how hard they work over there," he said. This summer Jones plans on visiting most of the schools in the Big Ten. "Our school does a big bus trip and I'll be doing that for sure," he said. One school that isn't in the Big Ten that he plans to visit is Cincinnati. "They are winning and doing great," he said. "The team has come along way and I think they'll be good for a while. It's also a great offense for a quarterback. I can see myself fitting in with that offense well." Another Big Ten school that Jones is looking at is Iowa. "I like the offense they run too," he said. "I know (quarterbacks) coach Ken O'Keefe. He's been recruiting me since I was in the 10th grade." Jones finished his junior season with over 2,500 yards passing for 23 touchdowns. He also rushed for over 500 yards and six touchdowns. "I'm able to read the defense," he said. "I have a strong arm and I'm a dual-threat quarterback." He says he can bench 205-pounds, squat 325 and has a 32-inch vertical jump. "I want to get quicker and be more elusive," he said. "I also want to be able to take on the bigger hits better." Jones plans on making a decision after his official visits. He says he plans to major in business and reports a 3.2 core GPA and took the ACT on April 10.
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