Florida DL on verge of offers

Joe Jones is a talented defensive line prospect from Chaminade-Madonna High and Scout caught up with him to discuss the latest.

Joe Jones has played football for just one season. And he finished that year -- at Champagnat Catholic -- with 79 tackles and 12 sacks. He's about to begin a new chapter.

"I start at Chaminade Madonna (today)," Jones said. "I'm excited."

Jones, 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, has an offer from Fort Valley State but mainly due to his inexperience a lot of college coaches want to watch him play some more this coming season. He talked about one major school he's been in contact with.

"I went to FSU last month they said they really like me they were saying they wanted to keep in contact with me," Jones said. "I didn't actually attend camp. I went with my sister to FAMU's orientation so I went over. I met Coach Hagens and Coach Coley. They just talked to me about the campus and ask me what I was looking for in a school."

Jones spent a few hours on the FSU campus.

"Director of player personnel Bob Lacivita showed me around campus and pulled my highlights. They measured me and weighed me and said I could be a sleeper they are interested in. I can be a great story for them by me only playing 1yr of organized ball."

Jones has a lot of interest in the Noles and hope something works out.

"I hung out with Xavier Rhodes and a couple of Miami boys for the rest of the day. I watched them in the weight room. I like FSU I can see myself their if everything works out right."

The Noles aren't the only school that's been in contact.

"I talk to Utah State assistant coach Ken Shavers a lot -- almost every night. He sends me handwritten letters and he said I'm close on an offer and they want to see my first couple games this year. I also talk to Southern Miss assistant coach Jeep Hunter a lot. He tells me I'm on the radar and to keep grinding and keep learning."

As a Prospect: Jones played a lot on the interior of the defensive line last season but lacks ideal size to play there at the next level. He was active and has shown that he's a very good football player. He will play defensive end at the college level and college coaches will also like how he plays both ways (tight end, too). He is emerging as one of the top defensive line prospects in the Miami area for the 2013 class.

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