2016 WR holds half-dozen

Patterson (La.) 2016 WR Mykel Jones already has offers from LSU, USC, Tennessee, Arizona State, Florida State and Akron. Go inside to hear from Jones. Where will he visit next?

LSU, Florida State and Tennessee each hosted Mykel Jones during the month of June, which saw the rising sophomore wrap up his summer camp travels.

"The reason I'm not doing any more camps is so I can be with my team," Jones said. "Our original starting quarterback got hurt, so we've had a younger QB, a sophomore like me, take over for 7v7. It takes time to adjust to a new quarterback, and he's young."

Jones talked about his camp experiences at LSU, FSU and Tennessee.

"One thing I learned is how deep they go with evaluations," he said. "It's not just football. The coaches want you to have character off the field. Being at these kinda schools and participating in camps - it's a blessing. All the coaches told me I'm a great person off (and on) the field."

The 6-0, 185-pounder talked about four schools that have offered.

USC: - "First of all their academic scholarship - $75,000 a year - that blows my mind," he said. "Like we've said before, it's a school that sets you up for success after football. It's one of the biggest programs."

Marqise Lee, Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart are ex-Trojans who drew accolades from Jones, a student of the game.

LSU: - "Just being home, at the home school of Louisiana, which is one of the top schools in the conference and nation. They have top academics. It's great when I go to LSU, because I know I'll get that specific hospitality. I know some players there, too."

Jordan Jefferson, Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry and Hilliard are all either ex-or-current LSU players who have made an impact on Jones. Kenny Hilliard and Lorenzo Phillips are both Patterson products.

Jones' older brother, Justice Jones, is a QB at Texas Southern.

FLORIDA STATE: - "It's similar to LSU specifically with the part about how I feel like I'm still at home when I'm there. Their coaches have made sure they'ved stayed in contact. When I went there, the hospitality was great; I was sitting at the coach's office at his desk.

"I talked with the head coach, Jimbo Fisher, and all the things he explained are all important things I'm looking for in a college: early playing time, being a leader, coming in and dominating the conference. The way Florida State throws the ball and with their offensive philosophy, I would get a lot of touches."

Former Noles of particular interest to Jones: Peter Warrick, Deion Sanders, E.J. Manuel and James Wilder. The latter is his favorite player on the current roster.

TENNESSEE: - "Once again the academics are what blows my mind. Also, what stands out are the facilities and the way the school and community treat the players...the community treats you so well when you're a Tennessee football player. That's at a lot of places, but they are especially big stars at Tennessee. I like Tennessee."

Cordarrelle Patterson gets the nod as Jones' fave former Volunteer.


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