How will loss affect recruiting? caught up with running back <B>Charlie Jones</B> last night. He was at the Orange Bowl this weekend to watch two of his favorite teams. How does the loss affect him with the Florida Gators?

Charlie Jones is one of the nation's top rated prospects, a five-star rated running back prospect and a member of National Hot 100. On Saturday night, he was lucky to be in attendance for what should be one of the great college football games of this season. He went to the Orange Bowl and watched Florida almost pull the major upset over the Miami Hurricanes.

"That was the game of the year right there," Jones said. "I felt bad for those fans that left early. I know some of my buddies did. I guess I was pulling for Miami and I kind of had a feeling they would come back. But you have to hand it to Florida. They played a great game and I was shocked at how good they looked. But just as impressive was Miami's comeback."

Miami and Florida are two of the teams Jones is strongly considering. Jones, from Homestead (Fla.) South Dade High School, also likes Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame. For now, Miami is the team to beat.

"That game will not affect how I look at this thing. Miami has always been my team. I really like their offense, especially their run game with their counters, traps and isos. We do a lot of those things too. They have also produced some great backs.

"Florida is also like a home team to me. They have a very good offensive line that can move and I like their coaching staff.

"Ohio State is the national champions and they always have a good offensive line and they love to throw the football.

"Michigan is kind of new on the list. But they produce a lot of great players and they run the ball too.

"Notre Dame is a real good school and I know coach (Tyrone) Willingham is a very good coach. I will likely set up my visits for after the season."

South Dade started the season last week with a big 26-13 win over Braddock. In that game, Jones injured his foot and is likely to miss this week's game against Coral Park. Jones rushed the ball 16 times for 106 yards.

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