Gators lead for Scout 200 linebacker Levi Jones, but he is expected to take three more official visits.

Levi Jones has a new leader after his official visit to Florida over the weekend. The Scout 200 linebacker discusses the Gators, and why Jim McElwain's team is out front after the trip.

Levi Jones has a new leader after his visit to Florida

"From what I know and them being my first visit, I have to put them out front," said the Scout 200 linebacker about the Gators. "I just really enjoyed my time there." 

"They are my first official and I got to be around the team and spend a lot of time with the players,'' he added.  "But I obviously have not been around Florida State or USC or UCLA yet." 

According to Jones, UF made a great first impression on him and his parents by showing them there as more to the university than the football program. 

"I had a great time. It was a great visit just hanging out with the coaches and the players and spending time with them," said Jones. "Going over to the business school and talking with some of the professors, really opened up my mind and showed me what they could do with me after football."

Jones was accompanied by both his mother and father on his trip to Gainesville. The duo were able to tour the facilities with their son, take in a basketball game, speak with the coaches and their families. 

"They really liked what they saw and what they saw from [Florida defensive coordinator]  coach [Randy] Shannon. They really enjoyed themselves as well."

Jones' father, Robert Jones, has known Shannon for years. Levi himself has  known the Gators defensive coordinator since he was "a baby," after Shannon coached his father at Miami. Thus when the UF assistant was promoted to defensive coordinator, the news was very welcome from the Jones' family. 

"I think thats big. It was a god job for the program," said Levi Jones. "Just him being there is a good support system for me and makes me feel comfortable." 

Although Jones had a connection with Shannon prior to his visit, the visit allowed Jones to establish a more personal connection with head coach Jim McElwain.  

"He is a funny guy," he said.  "He is a great man off the field as well." 

Meanwhile through his hosts, Jeremiah Moon, Vosean Joseph and David Reese, Jones was able to acquaint himself with Florida's depth chart and their philosophy of playing younger talent. 

"They talked to me about the need for linebackers and the need for me," said Jones about his three hosts.  "Also talked about just living there and the fan base is strong and great, and how they played as freshmen, and how florida is not afraid to play young guys and that they need more depth. 

"They produce a lot of athletes at the next level," he added. "It's a great opportunity for any guy to come in and play young and make an impact to get to the next level." 

Seeing freshmen play at Florida is certainly a positive to consider. 

"Of course it's big," said Jones.  "Everyone wants to come in and play. You want to come in and make an impact and have an opportunity." 

Although playing time is major factor, it is not the only thing he is considering. 

"Just a place I can see myself living there for the next few years and somewhere they can develop me and prepare me for the next level," explained Jones. "Somewhere that can get the best out of me. Somewhere if I were to get hurt, and I wouldn't be able to play, the degree will allow me to be successful later down the road." 

In order to make an informed decision on National Signing Day, Jones is expected to take three more official visits: UCLAUSC and Florida State

"Want them to show me how they would use me in their program, the depth that they have, and what they can do for me off the field as well - as far as school or where I'm living and stuff like that." 

Jones is expected to host coaches this week for in-home visits. USC came by on Monday, Florida State is expected to stop by Monday night, while Texas A&M will is expected on Tuesday and UCLA on Wednesday.

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