"It was truly a surprise to me and my family," said the Grayson High School standout. "It's very special to me because I never thought I could actually do something with football and now it's becoming a reality."
The Gators are the second school to pull the trigger. Oregon State was the first school to offer Jones. Although a new school to consider, Jones is aware of UF's reputation as a University and as a football program.
"I know that they have a great facility and an amazing coaching staff," he said. "And year end year out they are breeding NFL draft prospects."
Florida just recently successfully sent several of its players to the NFL draft, where four of its players were picked in either the first or second round.
"It means that they know what they're doing and it's a program that truly stands out from the pack," he stated. "It's very important to me but in the long run the NFL isn't the be all end all."
The Loganville, Ga. native was offered by defensive back coach Corey Bell after the Florida assistant visited Grayson High School. Jones is looking forward to learn more about his recruiter.
"He was a well rounded coach who was very professional," he said. "He said he liked my feet and how fluid I was with them."
It is too early for Jones to consider top schools or even a timeline for a decision. However, Jim McElwain's team is certainly a school in contention.
"I don't have a top ten or anything like that but Florida is definitely up there."
According to Jones, he is speaking with Florida, Tennessee and Alabama plenty, and he hopes to visit several SEC schools in the coming months, although he has yet to name specific destinations. On those visits he wants to see a few things.
Want to see "how the community is because there isn't a point to go to a school that is good but doesn't have fans in the seats."