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Ohio State QB commit solid, but still visiting other schools

Phelan M. Ebenhack for ESPN

BUFORD, Ga. -- Ohio State quarterback commit Emory Jones, the 40th-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300, was arguably the top quarterback in attendance at The Opening Atlanta Regional camp on Sunday.

Jones has been committed to Ohio State since July of last year, but the talented signal-caller is still considering other programs.

The four-star prospect visited Alabama over the weekend with his 7-on-7 team and Jones said he enjoyed his trip to Tuscaloosa.

“I talked to [Nick] Saban and the new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach,” Jones said. “They were just saying they want me to get back up there and get more comfortable with the coaches there. I think I could be successful there. I’ll probably look in to them a little bit.”

In addition to Alabama, Jones admits there are two other schools he would still like to visit over the spring and summer.

“FSU and Florida, those are the only two right now that I have in mind,” Jones said of future visits. “I’ve been talking to Coach [Jimbo] Fisher and (FSU QB) coach [Randy] Sanders. I just love what they do with their offense and I feel like I could fit in with that offense.

“I’ve been talking to Coach [Jim] McElwain and (offensive coordinator) [Doug] Nussmeier for Florida a lot. I’ve only been their once, but they want me to get back down to the spring game or a scrimmage or something just to get more comfortable with them. The biggest thing is the quarterback position there is not real strong there so I feel like I could go in there and play early.”

Ohio State, like most colleges around the country, would rather their committed quarterback not visit other schools, but Jones feels like it’s something he has to do.

“He doesn’t really want me to take any other visits,” Jones said of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. “But I feel like for myself, it’s the best thing to do. Just to make sure I pick the right place.”

Jones, who also plans to visit Ohio State for its spring game, said the Buckeyes faithful can rest easy about his commitment.

“I’m the leader in the class right now,” Jones said. “I’m trying to make it the best class in the nation. I’m firmly committed right now. I’m solid with Ohio State. I’m real strong with them right now.”