2012 Prospect Likes Tigers, Enjoys Visit

Talented 2012 prospect Jarontay Jones talks about taking an unofficial visit to Auburn on Saturday.

Stone Mountain, Ga.--On Saturday more than a dozen players from Stephenson High made a trip to Auburn to check out coach Gene Chizik's program and get a feel for the campus. One of those is a top prospect for 2012, but already getting attention from schools across the country.

Defensive end Jarontay Jones made his first trip to Auburn and says that he enjoyed seeing everything about the Tigers' program.

"I love Auburn," Jones tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The coaches are cool. Just the atmosphere of the whole university is incredible. I love it.

"It was fun to be with all my teammates," he says. "We got to experience the college life at Auburn and the stuff behind the scenes. When you watch them on TV you don't see some of the things like the locker room. It was nice."

Being recruited for Auburn by Coach Tommy Thigpen, Jones points out that the coaching staff is one of the things that stands out to him about the Tigers at the moment.

"I love the coaches there," Jones says. "They are real cool. Just the whole atmosphere of the university is incredible. I love it. The weight room was incredible. There were things in there I've never seen before."

In addition to Auburn, Jones says he's got a lot of schools on his early list as he prepares for his junior season on the field. Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama are just some of the schools currently on his favorites.

"I'm hearing from a lot of teams," Jones says. "Many SEC schools. I don't want to talk about my offers yet, but they're coming."

A 6-3, 235 defensive end with 4.8 speed in the 40-yard dash, Jones is a playmaker that came up big despite being just a sophomore in 2009. He finished the season with just over 50 tackles and seven sacks.

While his future is with football, Jones also runs the 400, the 4x400 and participates in the triple jump.


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