Cardale Jones explains decision to return to Ohio State

After an incredible run to a national championship in what were his first starts at the collegiate level, many expected Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones to bolt for the NFL.

Jones even held a press conference to announce his decision about his future and it left people stunned when he chose to return to Columbus.

It took just four days for Jones to announce he would be returning to school and it turns out that was because he has wanted to finish college before making the transition to the next level.

While more time may have altered his decision, Jones went with his gut right out of the gate.

“I don’t know, I always say that if I had more time, maybe it would have been a different decision,” Jones said, via ESPN’s Austin Ward. “But in my personal opinion, having more time I would have had a chance to weigh the pros and cons of coming back to school as well.

“My main thing was coming back to school to graduate so that when I do have a chance to go to the NFL, I don’t have to worry about taking classes in the offseason. I want to be done with school when I’m done with school so I can devote all my time to being a great father and NFL quarterback.”

You have to respect Jones for that reasoning.

Now, despite being considered the best NFL prospect at quarterback on the Buckeyes roster, he is locked in a heated battle for the starting job with Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett.

Whether Jones is able to win the job remains to be seen, but he has the talent that will intrigue NFL scouts and the maturity he has shown in recent comments is something that should go a long way as he looks to take the next step in his career.

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