Jones Leaves UM Impressed

Columbia High School in Lake City is one of the premier programs in the state of Florida every year. It's no surprise that the University of Miami has been actively recruiting its two best players all year.

Rashaun Jones finished his senior season with 65 tackles, eight interceptions, and five blocked kicks. He also added 31 catches for 390 yards and six touchdowns at receiver.

"I'm probably gonna be playing cornerback in college," Jones said. "I think I'm big enough to handle the physical receivers and I'm fast enough to handle the quicker ones."

Jones certainly proved that when he stood tall against players like Early Doucet, Cameron Colvin, and Lavelle Hawkins at the UM camp last June.

"Those guys were alright but I covered them all," he said. "Lavelle was actually at Miami for his visit this past weekend."

At 6-1 and 192 pounds, Jones said there was a lot to like about the visit to Miami.

"I had been there before and Coach Soldinger had been telling me about it all year," he said. "But the visit part was different. It really made certain things stand out. I loved the opportunity to play for a national championship every year, to graduate, and to play in the NFL someday. When it comes to those three things, it doesn't get any better than Miami and I realize that."

The talented defensive back said the highlight of his recruiting trip to UM was visiting the Orange Bowl.

"That was crunk," he said. "They had our names on jerseys and they were announcing them on the loud speaker. I was ready to rock-n-roll at that point. I was jacked. I was ready. That made me want to be a Hurricane right then."

Jones, who also competes in varsity basketball and track, has narrowed his college list down to two.

"It's between Miami and North Carolina," he said. "I really like it up there but I loved it at Miami. I'll decide on national signing day but Miami's got everything I need. I think, with their situation, I can come in and play right away. Whether it's in the nickel or whatever, I'll be ready."

Jones said he hung out mostly with teammate George Timmons, Willie Williams, and J.R. Bryant on the visit.

"That cat Willie is huge," he said. "Me and George are probably gonna play together in college too."

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