Jones Picks Up a Florida Offer

Carol City (FL) 2013 quarterback Akeem Jones had numerous reasons to shoot for an impressive performance at Florida's Friday Night Lights. The talented prospect used the recent death of his close friend as motivation for his stellar showing. In the end, his inspired performance paid off. While on the field, Jones turned heads and earned recognition.

According to Akeem Jones, his experience at Friday Night Lights was very positive.

"It was great. I got a chance to meet some new guys. I got a chance to meet the [Florida quarterback commit] Max Staver and [Florida's quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Brent Pease]. It was good. It was a great experience," he said.

Jones was impressed with Pease's coaching style and demeanor.

"Pease is awesome. When he means business, he means business. If he tells you to get on the side, then you're going to get on the side and do push-ups. He showed me some good things and taught me some things that I need to know and I went right in there and did it," Jones said.

Apparently, Jones was not the only one impressed by what he saw in the Swamp.

"I won the Fastest Quarterback and Best Quarterback awards. I felt like it was a job well done," he said.

For Jones, who has performed well at multiple events this summer, the loss of his close friend was a motivating factor for his performance this weekend.

"I just lost a close friend of mine and I felt like I had to lay it on the line for him. I felt like I had two dreams instead of one. If he would have been here then he would have been chasing his but now I need to chase it for him. The outcome [of my determination] was what I thought it was going to be," Jones said.

While he was in Gainesville, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback got a chance to take in the atmosphere.

"I think the campus and everything is awesome. If I could leave home tomorrow and come back to Gainesville then I would be here. The facilities are nice. The coaching staff is great. The weight room is great. Everything is great. You can't compare. You play in the SEC, the best conference, in front of 90,000 fans," he said.

At this point, Jones has already formed a few relationships with current Florida football players.

"I have a bond with Willie Bailey from last year's class and I have a bond with [Florida linebacker] Jon Bostic. Bostic and I aren't that close but I built a little bit of a relationship with him. We made some connections and talked about some things. He welcomed me with open arms too," Jones said.

After his visit to Florida, Jones confessed that the coaches had offered him as an athlete.

"They offered me as an athlete but they said that I would have a chance to compete at quarterback," he said.

Earlier this week, Jones picked up an offer from another Sunshine State school.

"Yesterday I picked up an offer from USF. I was visiting down there and I picked up an offer," he said.

Although he is receiving a lot of interest, Jones has not had a chance to narrow down his options.

"Right now, I don't have a top three or anything. I'm trying to focus on my senior season. Trying to get ready for school and football so right now I don't have a top three but I'm getting interest from everywhere," he said.

"I'll probably wait till signing day to make my decision. I want my family to be able to make it to everything game, I want to be able to get a good education, and I want to surround myself with high character people. I'll also look at how the football program has done and what they are planning to do in the future," he added.

Going into his senior season, Jones has a few specific things that he wants to work on.

"I want to get my footwork down and develop a better understanding and knowledge of the game. I want to be able to read film better so that's what I'm going to do. Physically, I think I've got it, so I just want to get it down mentally," he said.


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