Walled Lake (MI) Western defensive back Josh Jones is on track to sign with Illinois but he wants to make sure he's doing the right thing.
The best way to ensure that, he believes, is to visit a few other schools and compare them to Illinois. Jones will be at NC State this weekend and then Michigan State and Iowa the next two weekends after that.
At 6'2 and 195-pounds, Jones is a physical defensive back who put up big numbers this year on both sides of the ball. He had 95 tackles, five interceptions, and 25 touchdowns.
"I want to take as many visits as possible just to make sure I made the right decision," Jones said. "I think NC State is a nice place. I just need to get out there and visit. The visit is supposed to be this weekend but the coaches haven't contacted me back about that.
"Coach (Eddie) Faulkner had e-mailed me and I had talked to Coach (Frisman) Jackson. I haven't talked to them about January 11 yet though. That's when I thought it would be."
Jones hasn't had an in-home visit with anyone from NC State either. He believes there's a good reason for that.
"They've been talking to me but it's a new staff and they're still getting situated," he said.
When Jones committed to Illinois he said it was a combination of his relationship with the coaches, the school's atmosphere and the presence of a couple of friends on the roster that sealed the deal.
Safety is where Jones will most likely play in college but he said some schools have asked whether he would prefer to play offense.
Jones is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 44 safety in the nation by Scout.com.