RECRUITING: Lorenzo Jones trying to line up visit

The Texas frenzy continues as the Gators try to recruit the Lone Star State. McKinney, Texas defensive tackle Lorenzo Jones is the latest in a line of big time Texas football players that the University of Florida is trying to bring in for an official visit. The Gators are in the top three for the 6-4, 295-pounder, rated three stars by, but they are still waiting to see if they will get a visit from him.

He has three clear leaders at the moment.

"I'm leaning to Florida, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State," he said, but he's only got one more official visit that he can take. "I took four visits. I have one more visit. Florida, Texas, and Texas A&M want me to visit. So I have to choose between the three."

There is an interesting twist about visiting Florida that has recently come to light. Jones has a good friend from middle school through ninth grade who will also be a surprise visitor to Gainesville.

"Jeff Owens (Plantation (FL) HS defensive tackle) and I went to the same high school in Florida," he said. "We went to middle school and eighth and ninth grade together."

Jones is also linked to the Florida staff through co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. Jones explains,

"The defensive line coach, Greg Mattison, liked me at Notre Dame," Jones said. "When he transferred to Florida he called me. He said he had been on me since day one so he was going to recruit me to Florida. He came here and visited me on Sunday and then visited my sisters in Florida as well."

He also had good things to say about A&M.

"At Texas A&M, they have been consistent the last two months," he said, mentioning that he likes the crowds that attend Aggie games at Kyle Field. "They have been at school. They have been here to see me. They were here today."

He has already visited Oklahoma State and has met the new football coach who replaced Les Miles (now the LSU coach).

"I talked to Coach (Mike) Gundy some on my visit," he said. "I talked to some of the players and the president of the school. I liked everyone and it was a real family there. I enjoyed the visit."

Jones is also a member of the McKinney track team.

"I throw the shot put on the track team, but not pushing hard because I want to concentrate on football and my academics," he said.

Lorenzo Jones is one of the largest defensive players the Gators will recruit this year. The "plugger" on the defensive line is what a lot of recruitniks yearn for every year. Florida should know by the middle of next week if he has decided to squeeze UF in for his final visit.

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