Gators Offer Nole Legacy Jones

The Florida Gators are working hard to try and change the general feel in the Jones's household. Willie Sr. and Willie Jones Jr. both played for Florida State and both at defensive end. The Garnet and Gold runs deep in the family. The National Champion Florida Gators just offered the older Willie's son Christian Jones, a defensive specialist himself, a scholarship and he is impressed.

Christian Jones, 6-4, 220-pounds, found out while at school on Thursday at Winter Park (FL) Lake Howell HS. He was able to chat a little with Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong about it.

"My coach called me out of class," he said. "They sent over a fax and then I talked to Coach Strong today. They are going to send the real thing in a few days.

"I have always been high on Florida since they've been in the state. It's cool getting an offer from the national champions. When a team like that thinks you are good enough to play for them, that is a great thing."

The latest offer means that all the programs in the state of Florida have offered Jones a scholarship to play football for the 2010 season.

"I have offers from all the big schools in Florida now," he said. "All the schools are in the same boat right now and I am just checking out each of the schools."

It is hard to imagine that any school is not going to have some ground to make up with Florida State, but Jones doesn't let on if that is the case.

"I grew up a big FSU fan," he said. "I have probably gone to about eight games. I have been to three Florida games, two against Florida State and then against Miami this past season. I am pretty wide open with everybody."

The Gators however have really made a favorable impression on Jones and especially Coach Strong.

"Coach Strong is a pretty cool guy and seems like a great coach," Jones said. "I know he is good because their defense is real good. The Gators are recruiting me as an outside linebacker and stand up defensive end."

Jones talked a little bit about what he expects to play at and how he sees himself as a player on the field.

"I am 6-4, 220 and will probably play around 235 in my senior season," he said. "I am weight lifting and putting on weight right now and still running between a 4.6 and 4.7. I would be an Ernie Sims type player and play with a lot of emotion like him. I just try to play like every game is my last one."

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