Along Comes Jones: Big Linemen to Visit AU

Talented lineman Byran Jones updates his status in regard to recruiting and talks about his upcoming visit to Auburn.

Junction City, Ark.--After taking his first official recruiting visit last weekend, Byran Jones is headed to Auburn this weekend to check out Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn football Tigers.

For a second straight year he helped the Junction City High Dragons win the 2A state championship. Last year he capped an unbeaten season by winning Most Valuable Player honors in the state championship game. Jones won the state championship again last month as his team defeated the Bearden Bears 24-14 in the title game.

Bearden defeated Junction City 14-12 in the regular season, the only loss the Dragons suffered in 2009.

Jones played both ways in the state championship game. On defense he made six tackles, got a quarterback sack and recovered a fumble.

"The season went well, it was great," he says. "It feels good to win another state championship playing our kind of ball and coming out on top. Winning it as a senior is special and so is doing it back-to-back."

Jones says that being named MVP again is special. "It means a lot to me, especially with nobody else ever having done that, I believe."

The lineman, who says that he is 6-2, 305 pounds, has experienced a lot about winning. "I only lost three games in football and that goes from seventh grade through 12th grade."

Jones kept recruiting on the backburner while concentrating on his senior football season. He started his official visits last weekend and notes that he enjoyed his trip to Ruston to check out Louisiana Tech. "That went well," he says. "I just like it down there. They made me feel very comfortable."

His trip to Auburn will be his first time to see the campus or the city. Commenting on why he is interested in the Tigers, Jones says, "I like the way the coaches present themselves and how they talk to me. They are factually straight up with everything they tell me."

He says that a pair of Auburn commitments from the state of Arkansas, Little Rock Christian Academy standouts Michael Dyer and Dakota Mosley, are encouraging him to join them at Auburn.

"I have been talking to Mike about Auburn," the defensive lineman says. "He and Dakota are doing a good job recruiting me. They are good players."

Byran Jones

After his trip to Auburn he plans to check out another SEC program. "I am either going to visit Ole Miss or Arkansas next week," he says. "I am not sure which one it will be."

Commenting on Ole Miss, he says, "I really don't know a lot about them, but I like them."

Commenting on Arkansas, he says, "They are about the same as the rest of them."

What is Jones looking for in a college? "The way they are going to put me through school and prepare me for the next level are important to me," he says. "I plan to study education. I am planning on becoming a coach."

A prospect who plays with power and quickness at the point of attack, he says those features are the key to his success on a football field. "For a big guy my speed is good," he says. "I also have good strength."

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