Two in mind

A pair of schools are sticking out to one of the top in-state offensive linemen in the class of 2012.

OT Oliver Jones Profile

Ninety Six High School offensive tackle Oliver Jones was in Tigertown for the first time this season for Clemson's ACC-opener with Miami.

He recently caught up with CUTigers to talk about that visit and the trip he took this past weekend.

"It was great, just great," Jones said, "just the atmosphere, everything, everybody piling in for the game. It was fun."

This past weekend he was in Columbia for South Carolina's upset of Alabama. The trip to see the Gamecocks was "incredible."

"The electricity in the stadium, the fans screaming, really the win was the big thing," Jones said.

Right now, no other trips have been set, as visits for the remainder of the season will be decided upon a week to week basis.

Jones has been taking it easy at Ninety Six, too. He's been sidelined with a torn ACL and broken femur, and won't return until next season. Surgery on the leg has already been performed. Now he's waiting on the ACL procedure.

"I've still got a while. I should be walking, sometime next week. Then, we'll take it from there," Jones said.

The in-state programs, both of which have offered, are still in pursuit.

Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier and offensive guards/centers coach Brad Scott have assured Jones that his offer is still on the table.

"That means nothing to the offer," Jones said of the injury. "They still want me to play…coach Scott said that when I was down at Clemson for the Miami game.

"He just reiterated that. He just let me know it doesn't mean anything to him."

There's a group of favorites, in no particular order.

"It would be Clemson, Carolina, Georgia and Miami," Jones said.


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