Baltimore (Md.) Gilman School athlete Cyrus Jones is quickly emerging as one of the top prospects on the East Coast for 2012. The 5-foot-11, 183-pounder claims nearly half a dozen offers to date.
"So far I have five verbal offers from Virginia, West Virginia, Iowa, Maryland and Pittsburgh," he said. "I'm happy with the offers, but of course I think I'll start picking up more once the school year starts."
Do any of the schools stick out yet?
"Not really," he said. "I'm not trying to get too high. I'm just trying to focus on the season coming up. I definitely like the schools that have offered me though.
"I do kind of like the schools with spread offenses, like West Virginia and Georgia Tech."
With interest clearly developing, Jones reflected on what he wants in a college.
"Well, first off I want a strong academic school," he said. "I also want a strong football program and a good coaching staff that has my best interests in mind. I want a great atmosphere at the school too."
Jones has ties to West Virginia as his father played basketball there.
"I've been a fan of them since I was little, I liked their basketball team," he said. "Once I started getting good at football I started watching their football team too."
Even though visits have been few and far between, Jones recently made it to Ohio State for a trip.
"It was really nice," he said. "They seem interested in me, but I didn't get the offer."
As a sophomore this past season, Jones posted 11 touchdowns while earning first team all-MIAA and honorable mention all-state. A clear athlete, what stands out about the rising junior?
"I think it's just my ability to make plays wherever I am put on the field," he said. "I'm a threat at all times with the ball. I'm also a hard worker and a good student."
Jones is also a recruitable basketball player that averaged 23-points a game this past year, however he states he is focused on playing football at the next level.