Bryan Jones continues to do his homework. The three-star defensive end from Louisiana made the trek down to the Sunshine State to check out a few of the schools he is interested in. Although his original first stop, Florida State, did not happen as planned, Jones did manage to stop by Gainesville on Thursday night.
"I got a hands on tour of the facilities. I got to see the indoor, and I got to see the stadium," said Jones after his visit to Florida. "I got to try on my number as well... It was just a great experience of what I saw at night time. I can't imagine what it's like during the day time."
Even though most of the staff was on vacation last week, UF's director of player personnel, Drew Hughes, was able to give him more of an insight into the program and an insight on where he can fit into the team.
"He just pulled me to the side and said you know you have an offer. I was excited. I got to put on my jersey after that," he said. "I used to watch Florida. I used to watch Dante Flower. He played more like a rush guy, which is what I would play there. They look at me as a hands down end and they think I can stand up like Dante Flower and move around like a rush guy."
Soon after his visit ended in Gainesville, Jones made the trip down to South Florida to begin his visit at Miami - which started on Friday morning and ended on Sunday.
"From players on the team to the coaches, they were very nice and coached me up," said Jones. "I went against them. They all made me feel welcome."
During his visit, he was able to spend some more time with his position coach, Canes defensive line coach, Craig Kuligowski.
"He was very nice," said Jones. "He offered me back in March or February. He is a very cool guy and he communicates with you. He tells you what you are doing right, and he is going to tell you what you are doing wrong. He is going to walk you through the right way to do stuff."
Overall his three-day visit to Miami left a great impression on the playmaker.
"I had never been here, and the people are very nice down here," he said. "They got my eye right now."
Although the Hurricanes have Jones' attention, he is not ready to reveal anything more on where things rank. He remains an Ole Miss pledge at the moment and will continue to grow that relationship.
"I talked to my position coach the most [at Ole Miss]. He is a very good guy. I loved there when I visited. I committed before I visited thats how much I love Ole Miss."
After he is down in the Sunshine State, he hopes to return to Gainesville to take a more in-depth tour and to talk to the staff, and he also hopes to visit Tennessee and Florida State. After he concludes these rounds of trips, he is hoping to get some insight and help from his family.
"I am going to go home and talk to my family about the schools that I'm into and what I like. and then we are going to do a list from there."