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oJan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones (12) throws a pass against the Oregon Ducks in the second quarter in the 2015 CFP National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Player: Cardale Jones
247Sports Overall Composite Ranking: 6
Position Ranking: 1
Heisman Odds: +1200

Starting off at Fork Union Military Academy, Jones took a different route to start his college football career. A native of Glenville, Ohio, the three-star recruit was only offered by one program. The one program happened to be the Ohio State Buckeyes who decided to take a chance on him.

Signing his letter of intent on February 2, 2011, Jones would take a visit to Ohio State on October 29, 2011, the same day he announced his commitment.  In doing so, he joined a class that included 13 other players from the state of Ohio. He officially enrolled at Ohio State on January 3, 2012.

The class itself ranked No. 5 in the country and No. 1 in the Big Ten per the 247Sports Team Rankings.

To say he has been productive would be an understatement. He has led the program to national prominence and is currently fighting for the title of starting quarterback heading into camp. Much like Cook, he was a low-profile three-star recruit that has made the most of his opportunity and blossomed into one of the biggest stars in college football.

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