4-star OL Jarvis Jones out of Lamar Consolidated HS in Rosenberg, Texas was in Iowa City this past weekend to see the Iowa Hawkeyes take on Purdue. Jones was accompanied by 4-star DL Levar Brown.
Jones and Brown both met first with academic staff and a few coaches before heading to the team hotel. They attended Friday preparation meetings with the team before going to bed, and joining the team on the way to Kinnick Stadium on Saturday. The atmosphere that greeted them was quite unexpected.
"Really, I just wasn't expecting Iowa to be so happening," Jones said. "There were a lot of people. I didn't think it was going to be all that much. Iowa isn't really a known state. I hadn't really hard of their team until I started looking at college football."
That morning, he also got a chance to meet with several coaches, including his position coach.
"He was very straightforward," Jones said. "He didn't seem like he was sugarcoating anything. Hew as a man who told you about what he knew. If he didn't, then he'd find a way to let you know."
At Lamar, Jones and Brown play in front of crowds ranging from about 2,000 to 10,000 people. Despite being so heavily recruited, this is only the second college football game that Jones had ever attended. His first experience was on a visit to Arizona earlier this year as they took on USC.
The Iowa offense was firing on all cylinders for their contest against Purdue, putting up 47 points and nearly 550 yards of total offense. That starts with the offensive line, and Jones saw something he liked in the way Iowa played.
"They played basically the same thing that I play in high school. They zone block," he said. "It's really right down my alley. A lot of the schools I've been looking at, most of the ones I like, they zone block. It just makes it easier to come in and be able to know what's going on and play."
His freshman year, Jones was a defensive end. The following year, Levar Brown transferred in from California. Jones replaced a graduating left tackle, and Levar started playing defensive line. The move was a bit of surprise for Jones.
"Before coming to Lamar, I was a tight end," Jones said. "I was tall and I was always a real skinny guy. I went to Lamar and they bulked me up. They taught me a new position. They taught me that tight end wasn't the only position a tall skinny guy could play, there were other positions on the field."
Brown and Jones are actually second cousins, but that isn't the main reason they both hope to attend the same college.
"We knew each other before, but we didn't know we'd get real cool like we are now," Jones said. "Basically, we've got the same goal, and that's to go to the NFL.
"If it comes down to it, we would like to go to the same college, but if not, that's just how it goes. We'll try to agree on one."
Jones said he and Brown won't be making their college choice until after the season, hoping to make the most informed decision possible.
"Down here, we're men of our word, we're not going to switch a commitment," he said. "If we say we're going to a school, we're going there."
Jones relayed an anecdote of a friend who had committed to a school early, and then received several top-tier offers. He hopes to avoid that by waiting for all offers to come in before making a decision.