"I visited South Carolina in June and everything was real nice. It did put a thought in my head," said Jonathan of his unofficial visit.
This is not the first time South Carolina has shown recruiting interest in him.
"They showed interest in me out of high school. They were very interested, but I didn't qualify," said Jonathan. "Then, toward the end of this semester, their coaches contacted my high school coach to see if I would still be interested in coming there and playing under (head coach) Steve Spurrier. I told him it did sound real good and was a golden opportunity to play close to home."
Now that he's had a chance to take in the sights at South Carolina, where does he stand in regard to his commitment to Mississippi State?
"I'm still committed to State. It's still pretty strong," said Jonathan, who said he plans on officially visiting both Mississippi State and South Carolina. "(Defensive line) Coach (Brick) Haley and me are real close. Everything is still the same as before."
Jonathan talked about the positives of each school.
Mississippi State - "State is a very lovely school. I love the school. I love the coaches, especially (Head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom and Coach Haley. I have a real good relationship with both of those guys."
South Carolina - "I met all of the coaches and they seemed like very down-to-earth guys. South Carolina is like playing SEC football right in my own backyard. My family would be able to make most of the games."
A factor that could be an advantage for Mississippi State is the fact that two of his former teammates, Ryan Mason and Tim Bailey, are on the Mississippi State football team.
"That will play a very big part in it because Ryan and Timmy are like my best friends," he said. "I talk to them almost everyday. They want me to come to Mississippi State, but they said I need to make the right decision for me."
Jonathan mentioned earlier that playing at South Carolina would allow his family to attend more of his games. Does his family have a preference?
"My family doesn't really have a preference. They said it's up to me," said Jonathan, who will graduate in December.
Keep it on Scout.com as we follow Jonathan's recruitment right up to signing day.
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