Recruiting is starting to really heat up for a lot of 2015 athletes and South Florence (S.C.) quarterback Nick Jones is no different. He's noticed programs paying him more attention recently, and for good reason.
South Florence had a rocky start when it lost its season opener against Fort Dorchester 34-10. Jones has since stepped up to help lead his team to three consecutive victories. His squad followed up that loss with four straight wins—defeating New Hanover 36-17, Wilson 48-12, Crestwood 28-7 and Ridge View 42-7.
“I'm really looking forward to the Sumter game, Carolina Forest and Conway games,” said the six-foot, 205-pound Jones. “All three of those are regional games.”
South Florence has yet to play a game in its region this season, but went 4-0 regionally and 12-1 overall last year.
Individually, Jones has passed for over 900 yards and 10 touchdowns in four games while rushing for another five scores on the ground. By his standards, he's meeting the expectations he set for himself.
“I expected to have a higher completion percentage,” said Jones. “Last year I was at 55 percent and now I'm at 63. I'm just trying to keep it above 60. That's my goal.”
Jones' success is directly related to the quality of the weapons he has to work with. His receiving corps is led by junior David Vereen, who already has 342 receiving yards on the season. He also has an impressive duo of sophomores in Freddy Sparks and Tydrick King.
“It's pretty good, actually,” said Jones of the offense he heads. “There are some sophomores and they all keep the offense pretty quick. It's similar to ECU.”
Jones has been looking for an opportunity to visit East Carolina, but he has to find a home game that would fit in with his schedule. He's been following as the Pirates toppled two ranked teams in Virginia Tech and North Carolina.
“I like the offense,” said Jones. “Shane Carden and his receivers are all great and then it's balanced by the running game. It's efficient.”
In the meantime, though, the South Florence quarterback has been checking out some other programs recently.
“The week before last, I had a visit at Newberry,” said Jones. “And (two weekends ago), I had a visit at Charleston southern. Both went well.”
He added, “(Recruiting) been increasing a little lately. In a couple weeks, I'll be visiting the Citadel. I look forward to seeing ECU and North Carolina State.”
Off the field, Jones noted that his senior year has been going well in the classroom, also. So far, he has all A's and B's.