Syracuse has another quarterback in the mix to replace Ryan Nassib in 2013.
CuseNation.com has confirmed the Post-Standard's report that Miami (Fla.) Carol City quarterback Akeem Jones has selected Syracuse. The senior committed to the Orange while on his official visit, per one source, while the Syracuse newspaper's report said he chose SU over Louisiana on Wednesday.
"The coaching staff was awesome," said Jones after visiting officially on the weekend of January 25. "The players there have a tremendous bond. You can definitely see that.
”Everybody up there, I don’t see any ‘I’ I just see ‘we.’ It was just a nice time. It was a great experience.”
The dual-threat signal-caller spent three seasons with the Carol City Chiefs, snagging the starting QB gig as a junior. At some point thereafter, current Syracuse offensive coordinator George McDonald noticed him while recruiting for Miami and then Arkansas. But the interest didn't pick up to the status of a scholarship offer until McDonald took the job with the Orange.
"Coach McDonald got in touch with me since he got to Syracuse. It was something that came in late, but it was big," Jones said. ”Coach McDonald has been following me for the last two and a half to three years. Ever since he was at the University of Miami. He was never in position there to offer me the scholarship as a quarterback. But since he moved to Syracuse, it opened the door for him to offer me.
"So then it was really cool because there was no way I would’ve thought he’d be following me for these three years since he left the University of Miami."
At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Syracuse is getting a raw talent with the ability to get the ball down the field with zip in addition to his running ability. Jones isn't a pure passer just yet, but his natural ability has the chance to translate well in the ACC with added work on technique, mainly mechanics and footwork.
Jones joins Mitch Kimble and Austin Wilson in Syracuse's quarterback haul in 2013. Jones' letter of intent papers have yet to be signed by his mother, who doesn't reside in South Florida. According to the report, she should be traveling down to Miami any day now to complete the process.
Provided everything goes well with the impending fax, Jones will become the 20th member of the Orange's first class under Scott Shafer.
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