Jones Reports To Tally In June

This past recruiting class the Noles were only able to sign one defensive tackle prospect. However, the good news for the Garnet & Gold is that fact the one they did land, <b>Aaron Jones, Jr.</b> who is one of the very back at his position in the country. The 6-foot-3 and 273 pound standout was rated the No. 6 best defensive tackle in the nation by The Insiders.com.


"Florida State and Miami are two great schools and I like both coaching staff's," Jones said. "However, I chose Florida State because of the atmosphere. I get along with Coach Odell (Haggins) real well and Coach Steele is real cool also. Coach Mickey (Andrews) is so down to earth. He will tell you exactly what he expects of you."

Jones, who plans on reporting to Tallahassee around the middle of June, took in a Seminole scrimmage over his spring break. What does he think of his future team?

"The scrimmage was exactly what I thought," he said. "The defense is a hard-hitting and that's one reason why I wanted to a Seminole. I don't want to redshirt and I'm looking for some early playing time."

In meantime before he reports to college in June, Jones is keeping in shape by competing in weight lifting. In fact, he is one of the top lifters in his area.

"I'm one of the top lifters in my area," Jones said. "I was told that I was going to be selected to the All-Metro team."

Jones will be joined in Tallahassee by his high school teammate Kenny Ingram who also signed with the Noles in February. The Edgewater pair would like to be joined by friend and Edgewater teammate Matt Hardrick, who many are touting as one of the top offensive lineman in country for the class of 2005.

"Florida State has a very good shot with big-Matt," Jones said. "He could swing Miami's way also."

Despite being double and tripled teamed as a senior, Jones was still able to record 70 tackles and five sacks. He helped lead his high school team to the Class 6A State Championship finals.

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