West Catholic OT Talks Offers, Recruiting

West Catholic High (Philadelphia) offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith holds offers from Temple and Arizona and is hearing from Syracuse, Rutgers, Connecticut, Penn State and others. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound prospect spoke to Scout.com about his recruitment, and what he wants in a college.

When schools check out four-star running back David Williams on tape, it is impossible not to notice the 6-fooot-7, 300-pound offensive tackle opening up holes.

At West Catholic High (Philadelphia), schools are not only recruiting Williams, but Jaryd Jones-Smith is also getting his fair share of interest. He holds offers from Temple and Arizona, and is being recruited by West Virginia, Rutgers, Penn State, Connecticut, Syracuse and a host of others.

However, when it comes to schools, Jones-Smith is still learning the basics. He said Penn State is the only school he visited, but he talks to coaches from most of the schools weekly.

"I don't really know much about Arizona," Jones-Smith said. "I know they're a good school, but not much else. Temple is moving into the Big East and academically they're a good school. It's a good school."

"I talked to the coaches from Maryland and Virginia last week. I try to talk to all the coaches each week. UConn and Syracuse send me mail and I met a coach from Syracuse when he came to the school.

"The coaches I used to talk to at Rutgers went to the NFL. I used to talk to Angelichio on Facebook."

The school Jones-Smith knows the most about is Penn State, where he visited for junior day last month.

"I talk to (assistant) coach Ron Vanderlinden, and he's a cool dude," Jones-Smith. He's nice. I was up there for junior day and it was a good experience. We took a tour of the facilities, we talked to the players and then we talked to the coaches.

"Talking to the coaches and how excited they were to be there and how they connected with the players already (stood out)."

Jones-Smith is planning on using his spring practice to take in spring practices, which could include trips to Rutgers and Temple, but nothing is definitive.

"I'm setting up a schedule now," he said. "I want to see some schools down south, like West Virginia."

Another key aspect will be academics. Jones-Smith wants to major in mathematics.

"I'm looking for academics, atmosphere and student life," he said. "I want to see how the students interact with each other, and their teachers."

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