Sunshine Showdown

When Florida State and Miami tangle in the Jan. 1 Orange Bowl at Joe Robbie Stadium, the Seminoles will be looking to end a four-game losing skid to their state rivals. Recruiting also is expected to be impacted by the outcome, and at least one player -- defensive standout Aaron Jones of Orlando Edgewater -- liked what he saw during his official visit to UM.

Jones' stance basically hasn't changed since last October, when he chatted to TheTerritory about the Seminoles and Hurricanes.

"I'll most likely choose between Florida State and Miami. I want to stay in Florida," Jones said then.

Well, Jones took his official visit to Miami and liked what he saw.

"I really loved it," Jones said.

"I loved every part of it. It was great. I went down with my family and everyone really enjoyed it. I had been here before for an unofficial visit but I didn't get a chance to see the things I saw this weekend. Miami, they went way up on my list after this weekend."

Jones is scheduled to visit FSU Jan. 9. It's obvious the 'Canes left a lasting impression.

"I'm going to Florida State on January 9th but this place was unbelievable," Jones said.

"I never thought it would be like that. I really loved Miami. Everything from the coaches, the players, the way everyone gets along, the way everyone competes. I haven't been to FSU for an official visit yet so it's tough to compare but Miami really moved up my list after this visit."

Jones's father, Aaron Jones, Sr., played in the NFL for the Steelers, the Patriots and the Dolphins. Jones also has said he likes the pipeline that both FSU and UM offer to the NFL.

"I know that being part of that would really make me a better player and give me an opportunity to move on and play in the NFL. I didn't think it was gonna be like that," Jones told TheInsiders following his trip to UM.


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