Recruiting can be about a lot more than just picking out a school. For Reuben Jones from Lakeland (Flor.) Lake Gibson it is exactly that. The three-star defensive end has a bye this week which is allowing him to make an official visit. The visit to Nebraska is more than going to a place he’s never been to before. It’s about taking a trip outside the state of Florida which he’s never done.
“I am excited,” Jones said. “I have never been outside the state of Florida before. I want to go to Nebraska just to see what it’s like somewhere else. People have told me that there’s only cornstalks there. I know that isn’t true. People say that Florida is nothing but a big swamp and that’s not true either.”
The 6-foot-3 and 230-pound defensive end who has a double-digit offer total says that the Huskers like him as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker. They like what he can bring off of the edge as well the possibility of Jones having to possibly drop back into a zone and cover in space.
“I have talked to Nebraska about where they like me. I don’t want to get things confused, but most teams like me as a player that can play end as well as drop off into pass coverage. I haven’t seen Nebraska play this year on T.V., but I know who Randy Gregory is and how they use him.”
Nebraska will have an opportunity to show Jones first-hand on Saturday night how they use Gregory who is finally back from a knee injury. There are currently 11 players who have said that they plan to make official visits to Lincoln this weekend. Six of the 11 known visitors are not currently committed to Nebraska.