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National signing day: Florida Gators land four-star quarterback Emory Jones

UF pulled the Georgia native away from Ohio State and Florida State.
Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Published Dec. 20, 2017

The Florida Gators got their biggest recruiting coup of the day just before noon, when four-star quarterback Emory Jones announced he would sign with UF.

Jones, had been committed to Ohio State, but the 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect received late pushes from the new coaching staffs at Florida and Florida State.

The Georgia native is the No. 40 recruit in the country and the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. Given UF's lack of depth at the position – redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks is the only option with playing time – he could contend for the starting job quickly.

We'll hear more from UF and coach Dan Mullen about the move at his 3 p.m. news conference.