Recruiting is starting to heat up with the evaluation period coming to a close. Missouri coaches have been out across the country checking on prospects.
One of the prospects they have recently checked on is Houston (TX) St. Pius X LB Kellen Jones 6'1" 210 4.68 forty. Jones was suppose to visit the Tigers for the Black and Gold game last month, but had his dates mixed up and had already committed to attending Arkansas' junior day already, so he was unable to attend.
ShowMeMizzou.com talked to Kellen Jones recently to get an update on his recruitment, where Missouri was at in it, and if he would be making up his missed visit anytime soon.
"Recruiting is going well." said Jones. "I just picked up two new offers today from Michigan and Illinois. I also have gotten offers from Virginia,Boise State, Vanderbilt and Wyoming since we last talked. We are wrapping up our spring practice this week, so a lot of schools have come by."
And where does Mizzou stand?
" Coach Jones was here at my school recently. He is my recruiting coach. I have been in contact with him and Missouri pretty regularly. I will be making an unofficial visit to Missouri June 3rd and 4th to check things out since I couldn't make the Black and Gold game. I am really excited about it. I look forward to finding out more about Mizzou and talking to Coach Pinkel and Coach Steckel. I have been doing research on Missouri, and especially Sean Weatherspoon. I think I play very similar to him and think I would fit well in their defense. I can see that Missouri really likes me and is interested, so I am looking forward to that visit."
Is there any chance of a possible commitment coming during or soon after the visit?
"It is possible. If I really like a place and know that it is the one then I can see myself doing that. Right now I am keeping a wide open mind to everyone who has offered and is interested in me. If a school shows me that they really want me then they move up higher on my list.Everything will fall into place and I will know when the school is right for me. Missouri and Arkansas are schools that I really like right now."
One of Jones' new offers does stand out to him and he may want to make a visit to see.
"The Michigan offer was nice to get. My Dad was a Michigan fan and I know they are a good school. All my offers are good schools, so I feel pretty good about my choices."
We will keep you updated on Kellen Jones' recruitment and how his visit to Missouri goes.