Jones reacts to the DeStefano news

Oliver Jones was one of the first people to learn of Patrick DeStefano's commitment to Clemson. Might Jones join his buddy in the Tigers' 2012 signing class?

OT Oliver Jones Profile caught up with the Ninety Six High School junior after DeStefano announced his commitment on Monday afternoon.

"He told me. It's been a while," Jones said. "It was that day we went up there together. I can't remember. He knows better than I do. It's been about a month and a half."

Jones said he was "excited" for DeStefano.

"He's been one of my buddies through all this," Jones said. "His accomplishments, with all he offers he got, I'm glad that he narrowed it down to a college that he's comfortable with.

"I couldn't be more happier, because it's a hard decision to make. I'm glad he came to a decision." has DeStefano ranked as the top 2012 offensive lineman in South Carolina while Jones is listed at No. 3. With DeStefano's commitment in, Clemson fans now turn their attention Jones and Javarius Leamon, the state's second-best offensive lineman, who is also on the Tigers' radar.

Jones and DeStefano have kicked around the idea of joining up at the next level.

"He's a great guy, one of my friends through this whole process, but I'm going to have to make the best decision for m," Jones said. "It would be great to play with him. If Clemson is the best place for me, that would be it."

The nation's No. 47 ranked offensive tackle plans to have his decision in later this fall.

"Around the September range, if not before the season," Jones said.

He currently lists seven schools of interest. All five of his offers--Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State and East Carolina--are in the mix, and so are Georgia and Alabama. Top Stories