Jones Tackles Several Issues

The University of Miami scored big when they landed a commitment earlier this year from Homestead (Fla.) South Dade standout running back Charlie Jones. At 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, Jones has spent the past few weeks resting up and dealing with the recruiting process.

"I'm getting treatment for my foot every day at school," Jones said. "It's feeling a lot better than it did. It really bothered me this season so I want to make sure I get back to 100-percent before I start doing large amounts of running. I'm going to run track this year so I can get faster and more explosive."

Jones, a full academic qualifier, will not participate in any postseason all-star games, despite being listed on the roster for both the Dade/Broward and Cali-Florida All Star games. He's also dealt with some recruiting attention in recent weeks.

"The coach from Ohio State came by the school last week," he said. "He's still trying to get me to go there. I was supposed to go for a visit on Friday but I cancelled it. I cancelled all my visits, except for Miami. I'm committed so why take other trips?"

Jones, who rushed for over 2,100 yards in his last two prep seasons, will get an in-home visit from UM coach Don Soldinger later in the week. He'll then start his official visit to UM on Friday.

"Coach Soldinger has been talking to me," he said. "He came by the school and he'll be coming by (the house). Me, my mom, and my dad will go on my visit this weekend."

The talented running back said he's looking forward to meeting several other recruits that will be making their official visits this weekend as well.

"I know Xavier Carter and a tight end named Zach (Miller) will be there," he said. "They're supposed to have like 12 or 13 guys coming in. I'm going to try to help with some of the ones that haven't decided yet, help Miami get them."

The standout running back said he liked the way UM finished its regular season.

"They came on strong," he said. "Tyrone Moss seemed a lot more comfortable towards the end of the year. He started to understand it more. They said they're going to sit Frank Gore out for the spring so they might try moving Quadtrine Hill to tailback to get some reps for the spring. I can't wait till I get there because I'm going to try to learn as much as I can and be ready to compete the day I get there."

Jones is looking forward to watching the Orange Bowl, which will feature another Miami/Florida State game.

"It'll be a good game because it's Miami/Florida State but I would rather have seen them play Ohio State," he said. "The way they're playing now, I think they'll win."

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