Jones Prepares to Announce

After months of traveling nationwide, Tai-ler Jones is about ready to make a verbal commitment.

"I think I'll be deciding here in the next week or so," Jones said. "I'm almost certain [I'll decide within the next week]."

Jones, a 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver from Gainesville (Ga.), will decide between California, Georgia, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, and UCLA. The four-star prospect has unofficially visited all seven schools.

Although he's aiming for mid-week, Jones isn't sure yet how, when, or where he'll announce. He plans to have a better idea by the end of the weekend.

"I'm going to talk to [Gainesville assistant] Coach [Todd] Wofford the next couple of days and then talk to my parents and then I should be able to get it done next week," Jones said.

Jones revealed that he has already made his decision, but just wants to let it marinate a couple days.

"[I'm leaning towards this school because] of the strength of the relationship that I've built with the coaches in such a short time," Jones said. "And then how strong their academics are, the experience of their coaching staff, who they brought in with the '09 class, and the potential that I see with their team."

When he does announce, Jones says his decision is final and the only school he'll visit from that day forward will be his selected school.

Jones plans to graduate high school in December and enroll at his selected school in time for the spring semester.

"I wanted to get [the recruiting process] out of the way and put all my effort into one team and really start to build a true relationship with those coaches," Jones said. "And then to get more focused on my senior year on just football and school and not have to worry about coaches and all the other teams."

Tuesday, Jones returned from his last visit – a six-day trip to California that included visits to California, Stanford, and UCLA.

"It was great," Jones said. "[Each visit] exceeded my expectations. I got to see what life was like on the west coast. I got to see if I can picture myself on these campuses and running these different schools' offenses. And I got to see how strong their academics were and I got to build a rapport with their coaches."

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