Commitment May Come Soon

He's been waiting patiently for over six months now. Miami (Fla.) Northwestern standout wide receiver Khalil Jones is finally preparing to take his official visit to the University of Miami this weekend. "I'll be there Friday through Sunday," Jones said.

"I've been waiting a long time for this so I can't wait. I don't know how many guys will be out there but I know I will be."

Jones, 6-2 and 210 pounds, is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the state. He has scholarship offers from a number of programs -- Georgia, Pittsburgh, Clemson, and South Florida to name a few. He's already taken some of those visits and now UM is next.

"I've been talking to Coacj CJ and he's been telling me that he wanted to take three receivers the whole time," he said. "The thing is, though, Larry Coker wanted to take only two. CJ said if they took a third one, it would be me but there was no guaratee of that."

Then things began to change Tuesday night when John Dunlap announced for N.C. State, leaving UM with just one current commitment at that position -- Lance Leggett.

"I think the process is under way," he said. "They got my transcripts from the school and everything. I talked to CJ on Tuesday and he was telling me that Larry Coker was asking about me and making sure I was still coming in this weekend."

Despite having a nice offer sheet, Jones said he'd make an immediate decision if the Hurricanes were to offer.

"From what I understand, there won't be an if," he said. "I'm pretty sure I'll be getting the offer. When I do, I'm a Hurricane. That's the end of it."

The talented receiver said he can't understand why so many of the nation's top receivers have turned UM down in recent weeks.

"How could you say no," he said. "That's the U, I mean, where else can you go and have it like you could here. It's the best program in the country. Just look at the records. CJ is a great coach and he puts guys into the League, a lot more than other places. I'd love to play for him. I still have a lot to learn about playing the position and he would be able to help me. I don't care who else they sign, I'm gonna try taking someone's job. Some guys don't want it enough and I can't understand why."

Jones, who was a third-team All-Dade selection this past season, is a full academic qualifier.

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