"I talked to Coach House. I was telling him about all the schools and telling him I'm going to visit Illinois this weekend and he said, 'well, I want to throw a wrench at you. If we offered you, would you want to come visit our campus?' and I said yes sir, and he said we want to offer you. He said he knew it was going to happen sooner or later, he just didn't know when."
Jones was once committed to Toledo, but Big Ten offers from Illinois and Iowa were the catalyst for him re-opening his recruitment. Now that the Panthers have joined the party, he has even more to think about.
"Yeah, most definitely. It gives me more options but I have to go visit even more. Pitt is one of the schools I wanted to offer me, so I have to go out there."
Born in Chicago, Jones' upcoming visit to Illinois will allow him to go back to the state he grew up in. Even with the ties back there though, Jones says it's a tough choice between his three front runners.
"I'm visiting Illinois this weekend and I'm going to go visit Pitt the last week of July and then I got Iowa, so those are three big schools I need to make a decision on."