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Mikel Jones says other programs tried to recruit him away from Syracuse. Why did he stay?

Syracuse linebacker Mikel Jones at ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, NC, on Wednesday July 20. (Photo by Jaylynn Nash/ACC)Jaylynn Nash/ ACC


Charlotte, NC — Not only did Mikel Jones choose Syracuse football over the NFL following the 2021 season, he chose it over other programs, too.

The senior linebacker said there had been intermediaries reaching out to those close to him in the offseason, trying to lure one of the team’s top players way from Syracuse at a time players can freely transfer and earn money off their name, image and likeness.

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