Speedy Jones Chooses Tigers

Carrollton (Ga.) standout Jonathan Jones chose Auburn over Mississippi State, Georgia Tech and Texas Tech.

Carrollton, Ga.—One of the fastest players in the country and a top cornerback prospect, 5-10, 170 Jonathan Jones took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Saturday along with his family and decided to put an end to his recruiting by committing to Gene Chizik's Tigers. Planning just to make the trip, Jones said once he got on campus he knew it was going to be the day for him.

"I had been there a couple of times and finally got back today," Jones said. "I came down with the intent to just put the final things together and talk to Coach Chizik and Coach (Phillip) Lolley and Coach (Ted) Roof, and I committed. Auburn is where I'll be next year to play football.

"It just felt like family," he added. "It felt right. It felt like the place I wanted to be. It doesn't get any better than Auburn. It feels great to finally get it off my back and be done with it and know I'm going to a great place."

With offers from Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Texas Tech and a host of other schools including Stanford, Kentucky, Boston College, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin, Jones said one of the things that put Auburn over the top was his relationship with the coaching staff.

"It's great," Jones said. "Over the past few months getting to know them personally has been a big thing. Going into my decision I knew they would be the guys I would be with for the next four or five years. They felt like another part of my family."

The relationship is so good that Jones couldn't resist having a little fun with them while on his visit Saturday. He said he's known Auburn was the place for him since last week, but waited until he left to tell the coaches of his decision.

"I told Coach Lolley first," Jones said. "I told him he would be the first to know. Then I told Coach Roof. I have to call Coach Chizik back and tell him because he went into a meeting. When I call him he's going to be happy. They were happy because they didn't expect it. I waited until right before I left."

Showing his football speed with a 4.48 second 40-yard dash at Auburn's camp over the summer, Jones has recorded person-best times of 10.87 seconds in the 100 meter dash and a blazing fast 13.65 second time in the 110 meter hurdles at the Texas Relays. He has also added a long jump of 22'9" to round out an impressive list of accomplishments on the track.

It's those kinds of physical numbers that have made teams wary of throwing the ball in his direction. As a junior he made 45 tackles and had eight or nine pass breakups. On offense he added seven carries for 103 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.

"It's kind of hard unless you have a coach that's daring and wants to see what you're about," Jones said of his play. "It gets kind of boring but you know that's a part of it. You know when it gets to college, it's not going to be like that. You're going to have to work every down."

At Auburn Jones will be playing his football pretty close to home as Carrollton is just across the Georgia line. That's something that he said was big for him and his family.

"My mom and dad both loved it," Jones said. "Both said it was close and kind of far at the same time. It's about an hour and a half. Not too far and not too close. I wanted mom and dad to be happy and know who was going to be taking care of me. They know the coaches there will do a good job."

Sporting a 3.7 GPA, Jones should have no problems qualifying and said he's pretty much done with recruiting. He said he hopes to visit Auburn several times for games this fall and is only planning an official visit to Auburn.

Jones becomes Auburn's 14th commitment for the 2012 Class.

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