DL High on UM

At 6-foot-2 1/2 and 265 pounds, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater standout defensive lineman Aaron Jones is quickly emerging as one of the state's premier defensive prospects. Jones is coming off an excellent junior season, in which he played hurt all season.

"I broke my wrist in the Palm Bay game and played all year like that," Jones said. "It hurt me a lot but there wasn't any way someone was going to prevent me from playing. My team needed me. We wanted to win states and I did everything I could to help."

Unfortunately for Jones and his teammates, Norland was crowned 6A champs last year.

"We got second place but we ain't champions," he said. "That ain't good enough. If we want to be champions, we need to play harder. We need to work better as a team, become stronger. That's what we're trying to do right now because we got a tough schedule coming up. I like that."

Jones, who will soon become a full qualifier, is the son of a former NFL defensive lineman with the same name.

"My daddy played for the Steelers, Dolphins, and Patriots," he said. "He played at APK (Apopka). He helps me out with a lot of things."

Jones, along with teammate Kenny Ingram and a couple others, participated in his father's speed training camp this summer. It focused on agility, footwork, quickness, and balance -- all the speed aspects associated with football. All that has helped turn Jones into a premier prospect.

"I got scholarship offers from a lot of people," he said. "Miami was actually the first school to offer me. I pretty much know where I'm gonna take my visits."

In addition to Miami, Jones has other schools in mind.

"Miami, Florida State, and Ohio State for sure," he said. "Those are the strongest ones right now. I'm looking at other people like Auburn and LSU."

Jones talked more about the Hurricanes.

"Coach Coker, I talked to him (in the spring)," he said. "He was telling me that a lot of coaches are going to tell me different things. He laid everything out straight. He told me they want me and anytime I want to visit the school or commit or anything like that, they'll be ready for it. I respect that because they're not trying to pressure me or anything."

Jones, whose father played college ball at Eastern Kentucky, said he's in no hurry to make a decision.

"I wanna take all my visits and make sure I'm in the most comfortable place," he said. "Ohio State's a great place. I like it there and they're the champs from last year. Florida State is just like one big college town while Miami's Miami. They (are) all tight and it'll be a tough choice."

Asked about the possibility of playing college ball together with Inngram, Jones said, "it's possible. We're probably going to take most of the same visits. He likes USC and Miami. We don't know yet though. We just wanna get that (state championship) ring first."

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