Baltimore (Md.) Gilman School athlete Cyrus Jones acquired two new offers in the past week. The latest from tradition powers put Jones up to 14 scholarships to date.
"I got an offer earlier tonight from Miami and then Notre Dame offered last week," he said. "I'm really excited. I mean, Miami and Notre Dame, who wouldn't be excited.
"For me, a lot sticks out about Miami. That is one of the offers I wanted to pick up and I've built a relationship with the staff, I like the tradition down there, it's crazy and they are winning all the time. They haven't as much recently as in the past, but the coaches are going to pick it up and get it on the right track. The offense is spread out and they are recruiting me mostly as a slot receiver to get me in space so I can make people miss. I feel I could be a great asset to their offense. I've been talking to Coach McDonald and they are graduating four or five receivers next year so I could come in and play early, if I show what I can do, that sounds pretty good. We'll see where it goes from here."
Clearly Jones is impressed by the Hurricanes offer, but added he is far from certain on favorites at this time.
"I definitely like Ohio State and West Virginia," he said. "I'm not trying to get too high on anybody. I'm trying to look at each school individually and see how I like it and how I fit in at their school with their style of play. Of course, in the back of my mind I have a few people ranked high."
With a busy sports schedule which includes finishing basketball this past week and starting track next week, Jones has little time for visits, but is making his way to one school this weekend.
"It's kind of hard to get places, but I'm going to West Virginia this weekend," he said. "My dad played basketball there and he's going down for the Notre Dame basketball game, they are going to honor his team at halftime and I'm going to tag along with him on the junior day."
Jones wrapped up his junior season accounting for 1,200 all-purpose yards, 35 tackles and five interceptions while earning all-conference, all-metro and all-state honors.
"I definitely think I improved a lot this year, I was more explosive than last year and played both sides of the ball," he said. "I became a shut down corner and I held my own against Stefon Diggs. I even scored on him, I guess I got bragging rights on him this year."