Heavily Recruited Lineman Has Tigers On His List

A Tiger Ticket report with photo features one of the more highly regared football prospects in the South.

Brentwood, Tenn.--One of the state of Tennessee's top prospects is getting close to decision time, but he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers he is not really sure where he is headed.

Big Steven Jones, a 6-6, 292 pounder at Brentwood High School, has helped his team advance to the second round of the state playoffs as a two-way standout. His Bruins have a 9-2 record and defeated Hunters Lane 12-7 last week to open postseason play.

Nicknamed Big Steve, Jones is shown at the 2002 Nike Combine in Athens at the University of Georgia.

Not too long after his team finishes the 2002 season, Jones will begin serious offseason training in a college program in January. An honor student who plans to take early graduation in December, he will soon be a college football player and he has lots of offers.

"I really haven't decided where I want to go to college," says Jones, who mentions Florida State, Auburn, South Carolina and Tennessee as four schools he is considering. He has lots of other offers.

"The main thing I am looking for is a college where I will get a good education and be able to play in a strong football program," Jones says. "I am looking for a program with a good atmosphere to attend college and a good coaching staff."

At a Nike Combine last spring, Jones ran a 5.22 40-yard dash and ran a solid 4.93 NFL shuttle. His best 40-time is a 5.0. He bench pressed 185 pounds 20 times at the combine and has a max of 325.

His father, Mike Jones, is his position coach at Brentwood High. His father was a nine-year NFL veteran who played on the offensive line for the Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots and St Rams before retiring as a Tennessee Titans' player.

Jones says he likes both offense and defense. "Some colleges are recruiting me for one or the other and some for both offense and defense," he says. "It doesn't matter to me. I am 50-50 on it. I like both."

Jones says that he believes Auburn is recruiting him to play offensive tackle. He plans to set up an official visit to AU, but hasn't done that yet. He will be at FSU on the 30th of November and says he also has an official visit set for South Carolina. "Right now I haven't made a decision on where I am going to college," he says. "It isn't an easy decision to make."

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