Auburn Atmosphere Impresses Jones

Five-star prospect Cyrus Jones discusses his visit to Auburn and why the Tigers are in his final three schools.

Baltimore, Md.—A five-star prospect and the number five wide receiver in the country according to Scout.com, the Gilman School standout Cyrus Jones took an unofficial visit to Auburn over the weekend to check out the Tigers and he said everything about the trip was perfect as he gets closer to making a decision.

"It was a great visit," Jones said. "I got a chance to get a feel for Auburn and just the family-type atmosphere they always talk about down there. I just really enjoyed myself. I got a chance to be around the players and witness one of the biggest rivalries in the country. That was great.

"I really had fun with it. The people are great down there. They show a lot of love. It's a great place. I'm just going to go home and talk about it with my parents and see if it's the place for me."

One of the first things that catches the attention of prospects when visiting Auburn is the Tiger Walk and the atmosphere inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. Jones said that was something he really enjoyed and he could see himself getting used to that.

"If you were in the stadium it was loud and crazy," Jones said. "You couldn't really hear much where I was sitting. The fans are really dedicated and love everything about Auburn football down there. They love the school. It was neat to see.

"I saw Tiger Walk and I actually watched it from inside a room upstairs in the Tiger Den," he added. "It was definitely something to watch, just seeing all the players getting focused and sharing it with their fans. It was nice to see. It's something I could really see myself doing."

Jones has stated recently that Alabama was his leader with Auburn and Virginia Tech both in the mix as well. Following his visit to the Plains he said things have tightened up dramatically and he's wide open between the three schools.

They're not really my favorite right now," Jones said of Alabama. "I wouldn't really call them my leader. Virginia Tech, Auburn and Alabama, they're all pretty much kind of leveled out. I really don't have any favorites. All three of these schools I really like. I'm not going to call anybody a favorite right now.

"Auburn definitely helped itself," he added. "I loved it from the first time I came down here in the spring. I thought it was a great place. Just getting a chance to see a game down here and spend some more time with the coaches and players really helped it out a little bit."

Planning to make his decision sometime before Christmas break, Jones said he'll weigh a lot of factors when making his choice and the least of them will be football.

"Choosing a place I feel most comfortable at is the most important thing," he said. "Football is going to take care of itself. You're going to have to come in and work wherever you go and compete for a spot. That's not something I'm really worried about. I'm going to come in and play hard. That's just the type of person I am.

"I'm going to try and show that I'm the best every time I get out there. The football stuff will take care of itself…just a place where I feel comfortable, great people, a place I can get a degree and that's going to push me to reach my full potential."


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