Florida OL ready for first two visits

Benjamin Jones emerged as one of the state's best offensive line prospects this season and the Miami (Northwestern) standout is now focused on recruiting. He'll be taking his first official visit this weekend.

"Now that football season is over, I can focus a little more on recruiting and choosing a college," Benjamin Jones said.

Jones, 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, transferred to Northwestern before his junior season. However, a knee injury in August of 2006 ended his junior season before it started.

"That was real tough because I really wanted to be part of the great team we had last year," he said.

Jones was switched to offensive tackle when the new coaching staff came in and that worked out extremely well.

"I picked right up and it wasn't hard," he said. "As long as you go out, play hard, and do what the coaches are telling you, it'll be alright."

Of course it helps when you have the size, speed, and athletic combination that Jones has. Still, he gave up just one sack all season in over 300 pass attempts and some of his challenges were blocking four star players like Marcus Robinson and Corey Liuget.

"Those guys are good players but it helped seeing great players every day in practice," he said. "We had real fast ends who prepared me well every week."

Jones is now focused on recruiting and will be taking his first official visit this weekend.

"I'm going to Clemson," he said. "I've always been considering them so I'm looking forward to that. Next week is LSU. They're a good program playing for the national title."

After that, Jones is not sure on his final two trips.

"I'm also looking at Miami and Tennessee," he said. "All of them are even right now. I won't be able to have a leader until after my visits."

Several of Jones's teammates have already committed to the hometown Hurricanes.

"I like Miami a lot," he said. "I like the coaches, how close to home it is, but I have to make my own decision."


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