Jones optimistic on Clemson's targets

Clemson verbal commitment Oliver Jones discusses the true meaning of the Shrine Bowl and what he thinks about the Tigers' chances of landing some of the top uncommitted prospects still on the board.

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Oliver Jones, one of the top offensive linemen in the state of South Carolina, represented Clemson the Shrine Bowl team last week. The three-star offensive tackle from Ninety Six High School was one of three Clemson offensive line commitments on the South Carolina team.

During much of the practice week, Jones was working alongside fellow Tiger commitment Patrick DeStefano. Jones played left tackle and Destefano was at left guard.

"It's been great. He was helping me out with the plays and schemes. It was awesome," Jones told last week.

The No. 58 offensive tackle in the class of 2012 enjoyed the time he spent with his fellow Clemson commitments.

"It's been a family atmosphere. Just getting close. Hanging out, playing around," Jones said.

He spent time working on uncommitted prospects Jonathan Bullard, Todd Gurley and D.J. Reader.

"We're just trying to gel with them," Jones said. "We're really trying to get them to see the positives of playing with each other."

The 6-foot-6, 284-pound senior wouldn't offer his opinion on whether or not any of the three would join the Tigers' class.

"I hope they choose Clemson. I can't ever read what's in their mind, but I hope they choose Clemson," Jones said.

The Sunday visit to the Shriners Hospital was a memorable one.

"It was special. You realize that you're playing for something. You're not just out there playing football. You're out there playing to help someone," he said. Top Stories