Mike Jones, a 6-3, 200-pounder out of Edgewater High School, is expected to be one of the better high school defensive backs in the state of Florida this fall.
Last year, his third as a starting strong safety, he made 56 tackles and caused four fumbles in just five games. He also managed to pick up eight quarterback sacks before his season ended prematurely with a shoulder injury.
Ready to play for his senior season, Jones is checking out colleges like Auburn. He has a scholarship offer from the Tigers and made the drive to the Auburn campus to check out the SEC program.
"I came to Auburn to get a feel for the campus," he says. "It is a nice place."
Jones made the visit at the same time the AU coaching staff was playing host to more than 400 high school football players at a camp and got to watch the AU coaches running the session. He notes it was interesting to watch them in action.
Asked if the Tigers are one of his favorites, Jones says, "I don't have a favorite right now," he says. "Everything is a blur. Auburn is one of the colleges I am interested in."
Jones says that North Carolina, Michigan, Wake Forest and Notre Dame have offered scholarships along with the hometown team, Central Florida. He has a trip planned this week to visit two of the those colleges.
"I am going to the Michigan camp and the Notre Dame camp, too, and check out those schools and whatever," he says.
Jones, who concentrates on football year-round, says he has a best time of 4.5 seconds in the 40 and bench presses 305 pounds. He performed well earlier this year at Scout.com's combine in Jacksonville, Fla.
Off the field, Jones says that he is an honor student at Edgewater and is interested in studying business in college.
Asked about his goals for his senior season, he says, "I want to see our team go to the state playoffs and win it. We had a good team last year and we only lost a couple of games. We are expecting to have a real good team this year."
Asked to describe his strengths as a football player heading into his senior season, Jones says, "I would say it would have to be my blitzing. That is something I really like to do. I would also say my cover two is a strong area of my game."