The recruitment of Cincinnati (OH) Colerain safety Keontae Jones has continued to evolve since his mid-April visit to Iowa State, but the Cyclones have not faded in their attempt to land the well-regarded prospect.
The 6-foot Jones, who is ranked as the No. 45 overall safety in 2017, including the sixth-best in the Midwest, visited for Iowa State’s spring game April 16 already holding major offers from the likes of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Syracuse, West Virginia and others in addition to the Cyclones.
He has since added Wisconsin, Maryland and Virginia Tech during an eventful spring.
“It's going good,” Jones said of his recruitment, “but I'm also enjoying it because many programs stop by my school.”
Among the schools to stop by Colerain has been Iowa State, which visited Jones for a second time last week. Jones, whose brother Deshaunte was a four-star signee for the Cyclones in the 2016 class, often hears from the staff.
“I hear from Iowa State on the daily,” he said. “They tell me mostly I could be a leader in their defense and need to make it back there for another good visit. I have a good relationship with the whole coaching staff. There's really not a main recruiter. I talk to Coach [Matt] Campbell, Coach [Jon] Heacock and Coach [Bryan] Gasser a lot.”
Following his visit to Iowa State for the spring game, which was followed the next day by a stop at Iowa, Jones said Iowa State, Iowa and Indiana, in no particular order, stood out.
More than a month later, that appears to hold true.
“Those schools are probably showing the most interest, but I want to get on some more campuses this summer,” Jones said. “I've only planned one visit and that was to Iowa State, but I look to plan more visits this upcoming June.”
Jones will make that return trip to Ames when Deshaunte moves in June 12. Before he makes a decision, he currently plans on taking at least some of his five official visits in the fall. Relationships will play a key role in that eventual decision, and he’s continuing to develop them with Iowa State and others.
“I like Iowa State’s facilities and I really like their coaches,” Jones said. “[On] my second visit I expect more of the same as the first because it was a great visit. It would be cool if I got to see one of the workouts though.”