Jones Back from UF Junior Day

Finding big time players at cornerback is always one of the major tasks in recruiting. Even when signed, the position is so hard to evaluate that a lot of prospects move positions before they ever play a down at corner in college. When you find a player with the skill and athleticism of Jonathan Jones, you take a good hard look and keep on him. Jones visited Florida on Saturday for junior day.

At 5-10 and 175 pounds as a high school junior, Jonathan Jones of Carrollton (GA) has good size to play the cornerback position. Add in a 4.43 40-yard dash and the fifth fastest 110-meter hurdles in the country (13.9 seconds), and you have the making of an elite athlete that can be a difference maker at the next level.

Getting that type of athlete on campus to look around in the offseason is no easy task, especially when they live six hours away, but Florida had a big group visit on Saturday and Jones was one of them.

"I just got done eating I left the basketball game and am still here in Florida," Jones told late Saturday night. "I'm going to spend the night. It is a six hour drive, so I am going to stay over."

Jones said he really liked what he saw in Gainesville.

"It was nice, I really enjoyed it," he said. "I met a few of the players. The coaches seemed to have a good relationship with the players."

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has been the contact so far for Jones, but he got to meet Florida's secondary coach Travaris Robinson this weekend. He talked about what has attracted the Florida coaches to him.

"I met Coach Robinson today and I talked to Coach Quinn on Facebook," he said. "They saw my highlight tape and like how physical I play the game.

Jones visited Alabama two weeks ago and found the two visits very similar.

"I went to Alabama…the main difference was the campus," he said. "Gainesville is a little closer together and Alabama had more space."

Alabama was the first stop probably because Jones is a fan of the Crimson Tide head coach.

"I grew up a fan of LSU," he said. "I just grew up watching Coach (Nick) Saban coaching LSU and really liked them since I was little. Alabama says they like how physical I play as well." Next week Jones will visit Georgia Tech and he says he will likely be back in Gainesville before the summer.

"I plan on coming back for spring practice or the spring game or something," he said.

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