Jonathan Jones Talks About Visit, New DC

Auburn commitment Jonathan Jones from Carrollton, Ga., High School discusses the hiring of Brian VanGorder and his upcoming official visit to Auburn this weekend.

Carrollton, Ga.--Many defensive prospects were on the edge of their seats waiting for Gene Chizik to announce Auburn's new defensive coordinator. For commitment Jonathan Jones, the news this week that Brian VanGorder is the man in charge came at a perfect time as Jones prepares to take his official visit to Auburn this weekend.

"I'm looking forward to meeting my new defensive coordinator and hanging around all the guys," Jones said. "He sounds like a great guy, and I'm going to get to meet him this weekend when I'm in Auburn for my official.

"I have confidence in Coach Chizik and the rest of the coaches," Jones said. "I'm sure he did a great job finding a coach, and I'm sure he's the best coach for the job.

"I'm definitely excited," Jones added of VanGorder's hiring. "He seems like a great coach, and he has a lot of experience. That's a good thing.

"I don't know too much about him yet. I know that he's coached in the league (NFL), and that he's coached in college. My defensive back coach (at Carrollton High School) actually graduated from Georgia, and he was there around the time he was there. He was telling me about his time at Georgia."

Jones, one of the fastest prospects in the state of Georgia, has been committed to Auburn since August 20.

"I've been to Auburn quite a few times--it's not a bad drive--two or three times last year, and then I went once or twice this summer and about four times this school year. I went to the Mississippi State, the Florida game and the Iron Bowl," he said.

"I love it there," Jones continued. "I talk to Coach Chizik on facebook. He's a down to earth guy, and it starts from the head man down. Having a great relationship with the head coach helps. My defensive back coach (Phillip Lolley) is always calling when he can, checking in and coming to see me, just keeping a great relationship."

As far as his official visit, Jones said he doesn't have much to do other than meeting Van Gorder.

"Like I said, I've been there so many times," he explained. "I know pretty much everything I'm looking for. I'll probably get a little more deep into the academic part of it. I'm going to major in mechanical or industrial engineering."

Carrollton High School went 11-2 this season with bookend losses to Oxford of Alabama and Peach County in the third round of the Georgia State playoffs.

"We did pretty good," Jones said. "We had a little adversity early in the year, and we got some people hurt on and off. We just couldn't quite pull it off at the end. As a team we did great, but we just fell short at the end."

On an individual level Jones thought he played his best as a senior. He played spot duty as a wingback and was a lockdown starting corner.

"The more years you play the more it feels like it slows down and comes easier to you," he explained. "This year I felt like I was in my zone."

As a senior at Carrollton High he is planning on running track, and he added that there is a chance he will run at the next level as well.

"I'm going to doing the high hurdles," he said of his senior year. "I'm not sure yet if I'm going to be doing the 100 or the 300 hurdles. Then I do long jump and 4x100 and 4x400.

"I've looked into it," Jones added of running at Auburn. "My thing is, if I can compete, I'd love to be able to come out and help out in any way I can."

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