AU Visit Impresses 2012 Defensive End

Stephenson High's Jarontay Jones discusses his visit to check out the Auburn campuses and meet with coaches.

Stone Mountain, Ga.--Jarontay Jones, who was one of the top juniors at Auburn's final football camp of the summer last year, was back on the AU campus on Saturday to check out the Tigers.

He made the visit with teammates Jafar Mann and Carlos Hood and says he is glad he made the trip.

"It was a great visit," says the defensive end from Stephenson High, who already has a scholarship offer from Auburn as well as offers many other colleges.

"I loved every part of my visit," Jones says. "I went and talked to all of the coaches. I talked to Coach (Gene) Chizik and I had a great conversation with him."

Jones is a 6-3, 235 defensive end who has SEC offers from Tennessee, Florida, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

The defensive end says he is using the time prior to the start of spring practice to check out college campuses and get a better feel for where he wants to play college football.

"Right now we are working out and stuff," he says of his schedule. "We start spring practice on May 2nd. It is going to be fun. It is going to be a lot of competition. We are going to have a great team. I think we are going to be ranked in the Top 20.

"I am running track to work on my speed and I am always in the weight room," he says. "I never miss a day. I?run the 400, the 4x400 and I triple jump on the track team."

Commenting on what he is looking for in a college, Jones says, "I am going to be looking for a place's tradition, location and I am looking at how family-like a place is--what kind of fit it is for me."

Jarontay Jones

Asked if he grew up with a favorite college football team, he says, "I did grow up with Florida as my favorite. When I took a visit down there I like the coaches and the facilities were great. I got a chance to talk to Coach (Will) Muschamp, too."

However, although he likes the Gators the Class of 2012 prospect says that he is still in the looking stages and that Auburn and others are in the picture.

Academically, he should be in good shape to move on to the collegiate level. "I want to study criminology," he says. "I?love watching the show ‘Criminal Minds.' I am a great student. I?have a 3.1 grade point average."

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