For a Miami native, most would assume that when the big in-state schools came calling the in-state talent would answer with a commitment.
That is not the case for Palmetto High’s Delvin Jones.
“I am trying to get away from Florida,” Jones said. “There is nothing for me here. Like I tell my family, I can always come home to visit. But, I need a new start.”
Looking beyond the skyline of Dade County, Jones plans on committing to an out of state school.
At one point, the four-star prospect had figured his recruitment was all but over, and he gave his word to join the Volunteers' 2010 class.
After a down-and-out season that was followed by a number of coaching changes, Jones is rethinking his decision.
“I want to get out and see some things,” he said. “It is not about Tennessee and making sure it is the right place for me or anything like that. Coach [Eddie] Gran recruited me and got me to commit to Tennessee, but then he just left for Florida State. He was just at my house on an in-home visit, and now he is gone.
“After that, I knew coach [Frank] Wilson from the staff, but now he is at LSU. It seems like things are definitely going crazy up in Tennessee. I just want to take some visits and see how I feel afterwards.”
With a visit already set for Ole Miss this December, Jones said that he also hopes to check out LSU, Nebraska and Arkansas.
“It should be a busy January for me,” he said. “Back-to-back visits and stuff like that.”
Jones, who is being recruited to LSU by defensive coordinator John Chavis, said that a recent conversation with the Tiger coach left him curious to find out more about the LSU defensive side.
“Coach Chavis told me that he used to be at Tennessee, and that LSU was a place that I could go and get the same NFL experience, but be under his watch,” he said. “Now that I am thinking of looking somewhere other than Tennessee, I hope that the two of us can strike up a good relationship.”
As a senior, Jones logged 66 tackles, 16 sacks and forced three fumbles.