4-Star Jones Narrows List, Makes Official Visit

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One of the top uncommitted recruits in the 2012 class, Gilman (Baltimore, MD) product Cyrus Jones is rated a 4-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, and Scout.com. The 5’10”, 180-pound athlete had 30 scholarship offers from which to choose, but he has recently whittled that list to seven schools.

“I’ve narrowed it down a little more,” Jones said. “It’s (in no particular order) Virginia Tech, Auburn, Alabama, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and Ohio State.”

Jones made his first official visit this past weekend, heading to Blacksburg to get a feel for Virginia Tech. The talented athlete left with high praise for the Hokies.

“I was real impressed by Virginia Tech,” said Jones, who is being recruited by Tech as a slot receiver. “I think it has everything I’m looking for in a school. It’s a matter of me talking it over with my family and trying to make the best decision. I was real impressed with how tight the coaching staff was and how together they were, and I could see myself fitting there. It’s a great academic school. I’ll probably study business in college. That plus the campus is real nice. Everything is within walking distance. It’s a big college town that supports the football team. It’s kind of the big staple team in the area. The game atmosphere was crazy. It wasn’t even a big game, but I saw how crazy the game atmosphere was. I had a chance to interact with the players and bond with the coaching staff. It was real nice. It was a great visit and I’m glad I made it.”

Freshman wide receiver Kevin Asante and freshman linebacker Griffin Hite hosted Jones, who felt he established a good relationship with both players. He knew fellow Baltimore natives Corey and Kyle Fuller before the visit, saying he is “real cool” with the Fuller family.

Jones got along well with the players. As for the coaches, they made their message clear.

“Basically, they let me know I was a must have for them,” Jones said. “They are moving in a big direction and their goal is a national championship. They win the ACC a lot, but they are trying to take the next step.”

Jones can take five official