In the end, however, FSU proved to be the ideal opportunity for both.
"I picked FSU for a lot of reasons," Jones said.
"I really liked the coaches and the atmosphere. I couldn't go wrong with either FSU or Miami but I going to FSU."
Jones visited FSU in early January, pointing to the Seminoles' "family atmosphere." He also enjoyed his meeting with FSU coach Bobby Bowden, saying, "he told me he was going to be there as long as his health was good. It was real nice to meet him."
Ingram, meanwhile, was one of the top big athletes in the nation. At 6-4 and 195 pounds, the versatile Ingram is projected at safety.
Like Jones, Ingram also selected the Seminoles over the Hurricanes.
"I just want to continue the tradition of Aaron and I playing together," Ingram said.
"Bobby Bowden is a great coach and it's great to be a Seminole."
Ingram, a four-star prospect, visited FSU with Jones in early January. His host was cousin Willie Jones.
The pair's announcement gives the Seminoles gives the Seminoles' 19 commitments heading into the last weekend prior to National Signing Day next Wednesday.
That list does not include receiver DeCody Fagg, who enrolled at FSU in January and is expected to be earmarked to the 2003 signing class. Fagg signed with FSU last February but did not qualify academically and attended Hargrave Military Academy for one semester.
Heading into today, FSU had received defensive commitments from cornerback Trevor Ford of Miami Northwestern, safety Jonathan Warren of Madison County and defensive end Darrell Robertston of Jonesboro, Ga.