Would like to see Nebraska

At first, Jairus Jones was going to wait until the season was over to start taking trips. Then it occurred to him that the longer he waits the more likely it becomes that someone might take his spot in the class at the school that he wants to go to. So, later on this month will be Jones' first official visit and there are three more that he would like to take.

At 6-foot-1 and 205-pounds, Jairus Jones has the size that college coaches look for in a safety. Jones is a standout safety in the state of Florida for Tampa (Flor.) Wharton who is off to a .500 start.

"It's good," Jones said. "We are 2-2 right now. I have had a touchdown in every game, scoring from both ways. Actually, I have three in four because one got called back.

"The one that I scored on in the first game was a punt return, that got called back, and the other three were long passes. I am playing just about every down."

Jones hasn't seen much of a change in recruiting recently, but that doesn't mean that things still aren't crazy. He is looking at an official visit in about two weeks and is eyeing three others.

"Recruiting is still the same. It's pretty hectic; it's always going to be hectic. I think that I am going to visit Michigan State October 18.

"I want to also visit LSU, Nebraska and Illinois. I really don't know what I am looking for, but I want to see the academics, see how the coaches are and a game."

Jones says that what makes him a great safety is because he is always around the ball. More than that, when the team needs a play then he can step up and make it happen.

"I guess that I am always around the ball. If there is going to be a big play, I am going to make it. If they are trying to drive on us, late in the game, I am going to make that play.

"It's not always interceptions. It's also about coming up and making the hit. I like to come up and support the run as well as defend the pass."

Jones timetable for a decision has changed recently. He has come to the realization that the longer that he waits that he might miss out on the right opportunity to another recruit.

"I wanted to take all of my visits until after the end of the season, but now I don't want to wait that long. I will take all of them by the end of the year.

"I want to get it done so I don't lose a spot. I want to commit to the school that I want to go to and I don't want someone else to commit first and take that spot."

Nebraska has been in regular contact with Jones. The recruiting coach at Nebraska has said that Jones fits the perfect mold of what they want in a safety.

"Coach Tim Beck has been recruiting me from Nebraska. He calls me every week. He's great to talk to. Coach says that he wants a play-making safety like me."

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