Talented Prospect Still Open On College Choice

This talented prospect from the state of Florida discusses recruiting and his upcoming official visit to Auburn.

Pensacola, Fla.--Washington High's Jon Demps is a talented prospect who racked up 160 tackles, five sacks and five forced fumbles as senior playing middle linebacker. With that kind of production, Demps has been getting attention from colleges across the country.

However, the standout linebacker, who has the frame to also play defensive end on the college level, has narrowed his list to Florida State, Miami, LSU, Florida and Auburn and is in the process of visiting his five finalists.

Last weekend Demps took an official visit to Tallahassee and says that he came away pretty impressed. "It was a good visit and I saw some good things that I liked," Demps explained. "There are some things that they are going to be able to do in the future that it would be nice to be a part of. It was probably the best visit so far. I have already been to Miami and LSU and I still have Florida and Auburn."

Demps will be taking his official visit to Auburn this weekend and says that he already knows a bit about the Tigers' program. "I know that they have a good team chemistry and they have a good coach and good defense coming back," he notes. "They are peaking at the right time. It is all about timing in college. If you go to a school at the right time you are going to get a ring and play on a good team. They had a good season. It was supposed to be last year, but it was this year though."

The linebacker, who notes that he gets along well with his recruiting coach, Steve Ensminger, says that despite knowing a decent amount about the Auburn program there are some other things he is interested in checking out while he is on camps. "Just to see how the college environment is and just how school is on a daily basis and stuff," he explains about what he wants to do on his visit. "And, to see if I can fit in with that town and style of life."

Jon Demps

Along with football, Demps, who says that he is planning on majoring in business management and organization, notes that he is also very interested in what a degree from the college that he chooses would mean in the long run.

"Just to know that I can benefit from it 40 years down the line not just five years," he says about making the right college choice. "I just want to have a good time all-around, but I need to know that my degree will take me all the way through the rest of my life and that where I played at was somewhere special."

One reason the Washington High standout says he is so interested in a college with a great business program is because he already has aspirations for his life after college. "My parents have got a business already and I am probably going to come back and help," he explains. "They have got their own school."

Along with taking official visits, Demps explains that he has been getting in-home visits from a lot of coaches lately. "Basically all of them have come to visit," he says. "Coach Bowden was here and Coach Miles was in here a couple of weeks ago. Coach Tuberville is supposed to be here after the official visit."

One college that has gained a foothold back into the race for Demp's signature is LSU. The prospect says that LSU had dropped down his list, despite the fact that his brother plays on the team, due to his not feeling comfortable with the situation and the coaching change that was taking place.

However, he adds that an in-home visit from the Bengal Tigers' new head coach, Les Miles, changed that. "He was a real, real down to earth fellow," Demps says. "He was very humble and it sounds like he would be a good coach and sounds like he is a players' coach. He impressed me a lot and he changed my mind about LSU. Also, I was the first guy he came to see."

Despite saying that Florida State might have held a lead for his commitment following a good visit to Tallahassee, Demps now notes that things have balanced out again. "The tables are all even," he says about his five remaining choices.


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