2012 DT Jones talks Louisville

Clint Hurtt earned national Recruiter of the Year honors by mining talent in south Florida. Now, Charlie Strong's ace recruiter is returning to his New York roots in pursuit of Jarron Jones, a talented 6-6,300-pound defensive lineman from Rochester, New York.

Clint Hurtt earned national Recruiter of the Year honors by mining talent in south Florida. Now, Charlie Strong's ace recruiter is returning to his New York roots in pursuit of Jarron Jones, a talented 6-6,300-pound defensive lineman from Rochester, New York.

Hurtt, who also hails from Rochester, has used his old connections to put Louisville in the running for the three-star 2012 prospect.

"I kind of like Louisville," Jones said. "I don't really know that much about the football team, but I know they're in the Big East.

"I talked to Coach Hurtt. I called him the other day and he's a pretty cool guy. We were just talking, not necessarily about football. We just had a conversation. I kind of liked the guy because he didn't talk about just football like a lot of the other coaches. He just talked about life.

"There was a connection there because knows a lot of people that I work with at my school. He knew my football coach, he knew my athletic director. He's known them a very long time."

Jones already has an impressive offer list. Louisville offered last week, joining Boston College, Syracuse, UConn, Penn State, Rutgers, North Carolina, Florida State, and Tennessee. Jones says he plans to visit all of those programs this spring and summer.

"I know I'm definitely going to visit Louisville, Tennessee, Florida State and North Carolina," Jones said. I don't have visits set up. That's what I have to plan out. I'm going to visit every school that has offered me."

Jones, who played both ways as a junior, is being primarily recruited as a defensive tackle. Of the schools that have offered, only Boston College and UConn are recruiting him as an offensive lineman. Jones recorded 68 tackles, 10 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery for touchdown during his junior campaign.

"They [coaches] all say they like my size and footwork," Jones said. "They also like how I move around for a big guy. That's something I continue to work on, staying flexible and mobile. That's pretty much what every coach has told me."


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