Young CB Enjoys Meeting AU Coaches

Class of 2017 football prospect Deon Jones made an unofficial visit to the Auburn campus.

Washington, D.C.--Deon Jones, a class of 2017 four-star cornerback, made his first visit to Auburn on Sunday and said he came away impressed.

“I really liked it Auburn,” said Jones, who visited along with his high school teammate, offensive tackle Jauan Williams.

One of the reasons he wanted to visit the Auburn campus was to get to know the Tigers’ new defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp, and new defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson.

Impressed with the job those football coaches did at Florida last season with another player from the Washington area, Jalen Tabor, starting to build a relationship with Robinson and Muschamp is a big deal to Jones. Tabor earned SEC All-Freshman honors during the 2014 season and is the prospect’s favorite cornerback.

“It was my first time to meet them and I love them,” said Jones, a strong student who noted that he has a 3.85 grade point average at Archbishop Carroll High.

Asked what his priorities are for recruiting, Jones said, “First, I am looking at the academics. Second, the coaches. I want to have a good vibe from the coaches. Third, I am looking for the feeling that I am at home and I don’t have to worry about anything.”

On Saturday the prospect and Williams visited Alabama’s junior day in Tuscaloosa and on Sunday they were at Auburn. “We toured the campus, visited the locker room, took an academic tour and got to see the student housing,” he said of his day in Auburn. “It was a good visit.”

Commenting on his day in Tuscaloosa, Jones said, “It was good. Down South people treat you good so it was a good visit there, too.”

Asked about his strength as a football player, Jones said, “I am a physical cornerback. I will come up and hit you. I can play bump and run coverage, and I can play off, too. I don’t have any problem playing zone, either.”

Jones also lines up at wide receiver, but notes his best position is cornerback. At just 16 years old, he already has good size for a cornerback and notes he might get bigger. “Right now I am 6-1, 185 pounds,” he said.

Asked if he is focused on improving anything about his play for his junior season this fall, Jones said, “I am not looking at any specific part, I am just looking to get better with my overall game. I know I have a lot of work to do.”

After his weekend visiting a pair of SEC programs, is there another visit to a college campus on the horizon? “No, not right now,” he said.


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