The 2014 national signing day is only a couple days away and nobody knows if Washburn star running back Jeff Jones will be staying home or heading to Michigan or Florida to play football.
Jones verbally committed to the Gophers months ago, but Michigan and Florida have also offered scholarships to Jones, who was the biggest standout and MVP at the Under Armour Classic. This was Jones’ ticket to fame and because of his performance, the best school’s in the nation began to put Jones atop of their recruiting radar.
In recent years, major recruits like Jones have left Minnesota to play for better programs. The most recent being Cretin-Durham-Hall wide-receiver Michael Floyd, who opted out of playing for Tim Brewster at Minnesota and became a star for Notre Dame.
Head coach Jerry Kill has put in a lot of work in recruiting Jones, but it’d be the ultimate win for the program if that commitment pays off and Jones signs. Jones would be the biggest Minnesota commit in recent memory, the rest leave, and that trend needs to change.
Thus far, Kill has done a good job with recruiting, bringing in guys that fit in his system. There have been no superstar commits during his tenure so far, but Jones could be the first, and if Kill is really reaching out to the Minnesota recruits to the best of his ability, Jones will be the first.
Kill has revamped a football program that was a disaster, now it needs to take the next step to being championship contenders. It all starts by signing the best players in your state to come play for you. Jones is the best one in this recruiting class and one of the top recruits in the country.
Gopher fans would have a lot more faith in Kill’s ability to recruit within his own state if Jones signs. Other up and coming stars would also begin to look harder at playing for the Gophers because Jones has a lot of influence on guys like that because he’s a superstar in-state.
Signing Jones would be an epic win for the program, but it’s one they should have in the bag. If Jones doesn’t sign, people will wonder, including myself if Kill has what it takes to take the Gophers to the next level in the area of recruiting.