Bluegrass Battle for Jones?

Kentucky and Louisville top the list of Rasheen Jones, a talented linebacker from Cincinnati (OH) Northwest. Jones, 6 foot 2, 225 pounds, attended Kentucky's Junior Day two weeks ago, and visited Louisville this past Saturday for the Cardinals Junior Day.

Kentucky and Louisville top the list of Rasheen Jones, a talented linebacker from Cincinnati (OH) Northwest. Jones, 6 foot 2, 225 pounds, attended Kentucky's Junior Day two weeks ago, and visited Louisville this past Saturday for the Cardinals Junior Day.

"They are two different style teams," Jones said. "Louisville has a complex defense and they are blitzing every down. I like that. Kentucky tries to confuse you with their coverage schemes. They blitz but not like Louisville."

Jones, who has offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati and others, was impressed with Charlie Strong's program.

"It was a real nice (event), I liked it a lot," Jones said. "What stood out to me was the coaching staff and their mentality when it comes to family first. I talked to the linebacker coach (Jean-Mary) and Coach Strong. He was glad I was there and I was happy to be there."

Why is Louisville standing out on Jones' list?

"It's close to home and I'm not trying to go far, but I don't want to stay home," Jones said. "A Northwest player goes there (Preston Brown) and he showed me how it was to live and play there. I like the coaching staff. I like everything about it."

During his visit to Louisville, Jones and the other linebacker recruits met with assistant Brian Jean-Mary.

"He wanted to see if we were smart linebackers and could understand the complex defense they run," Jones said. "My mentality to get to the ball and pursue the ball would fit their defense perfectly I think."

Jones also said he enjoyed his trip to Kentucky.

"I liked Kentucky," Jones said. "It was a very nice environment. (Joker Phillips) is all about competing with the best in the SEC."

Though he's currently focused on the two rivals, Jones isn't thinking about a college decision yet. He plans to visit Louisville again for spring practice and continue contemplating his options.

"I don't plan on making a decision yet," Jones said. "I'm still deciding with my family and coaches."

Jones says Kentucky is recruiting him the hardest.


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