There's a little bit of buzz surrounding Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones. The redshirt junior, who already has a degree, has a choice to make: forgo his final year of eligibility to enter the 2016 NFL Draft or use that final year elsewhere at another school - preferably one where he's the clear #1 and has a chance to boost his stock going into 2017.
Could a potential landing spot be South Carolina? Well, maybe. That would swing on whether the university could lure Houston head coach Tom Herman, his former offensive coach and the man credited with pulling the right moves to lead the Buckeyes to a national championship with Jones under center.
Wherever he lands, a reunion between Herman and Jones would suit both extremely well. In Herman, Jones has a familiar mentor under which to thrive. In Jones, Herman has a potential star under center, giving his new regime an immediate boost. South Carolina would be ideal, but this relationship is mutually beneficial regardless of area code.
It might not be that bad a deal: the Gamecocks would benefit for a talented player with big-game experience, a dual threat that can make things happen with his legs and his arm that would sit under the tutelage of a man whose offensive system he knows very well. However, he's looked...well...average in the games he's played this year, and they haven't exactly been against the giants of the sport. (He was 12 of 18 for 111 yards against Hawaii, despite his team winning 38-0; against Indiana, he was 18 for 27 for 245 yards.) Having said that, it's entirely possible that he's more used to Herman's system and would thrive under it if given the opportunity to do so again.
There's still several variables to consider, the least of which being Ray Tanner putting up the cash to hire Herman away from Houston. Jones could simply declare for the Draft and render the situation moot either way. But it's an interesting scenario to explore.
What are your thoughts? Would you want to see Cardale Jones in a South Carolina Gamecocks uniform?