Although he had heard some good things from former teammate and University of Arkansas signee Michael Bibbs, Atlanta (Ga.) Booker T. Washington safety Reshad Jones was a little wary about what he would find in Fayetteville.
But once he got here for Houston Nutt's football camp, Jones (6-2, 180, 4.52) - one of the nation's top players - was very impressed with everything he found.
"They have great facilities and a great coaching staff," Jones said. "I didn't know exactly what to expect, but I can say there is a lot more to it than I would have guess. They are definitely a school I am going to really look at. This is really nice."
Arkansas is just one of 30 schools that have offered Jones a scholarship with others such as USC, Miami, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Oklahoma and Clemson also extending offers after a junior season when he had 10 interceptions and 71 tackles.
"I think those are coming because of hard work, all the hard work I have put in during the season and the offseason," Jones said. "I think I really break well on the ball and can really hit. I wrap up and put it on them."
Jones' joined with Bibbs and Oklahoma signee George "Big Duke" Robinson to lead Booker T. Washington to an 11-2 record last season.
"We lost a few great players in Bibbs and Big Duke, but I think we are going to be just fine again this season," Jones said. "Except for a couple of athletes, we have our whole defense coming back. We had a young defense last season and played well and I suspect we are going to be great this season."
Jones - who ran a 4.52 Sunday night during 40-yard dash timing - said watching Bibbs and Robinson go through the recruiting process last season - and talking to them about it - was very beneficial to him.
"They were a couple of the athletes that went through the process and they were telling me that it's important to look over everything and look what is the best situation for you," Jones said. "I am going to look for a place where I can play early and won't get buried on the depth chart, but also one that has a tradition of being successful."
As far as leaders, Jones isn't ready to toss any out right now.
"I am just going to go to some schools this summer and look over their situations before I really start knocking this list down," Jones said. "I am going to check on everything. That is what I am doing here at Arkansas this week and I am very impressed with what I am seeing."
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