"(I just wanted) to measure myself against other great players here and the top players from the area and entire country," Jones told GoBlueWolverine, "just to measure myself up and see the things I need to work on."
Currently, Jones said Oklahoma, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska are standing out early in his recruitment.
While Jones hasn't named a favorite, he has already formed a good relationship with the Michigan coaching staff.
"I talk to the coaching staff at least once a week, probably," Jones said on the Wolverines. "We just talk about different things besides football—academics and different things they have to offer there. Michigan is also pretty high on my list, as well. I'm looking forward to getting back on campus soon.
"I got to meet with the coaching staffs a couple times when I was on campus. I got to take in some games and see what it is like on game day there. So it was pretty fun."
Rated a four-star tackle in the latest Scout 300 player rankings, Jones says the Maize and Blue have a vision of him playing on either side of the offensive line.
"They see me as a tackle from what I have been told," Jones said. "Just, I fit in the entire program, not just the football team, with character and academics and things like that."
Jones says he doesn't plan on visiting for Michigan's spring game but will be on campus soon.
"I'm not sure about the spring game," Jones said on his next visit. "But I'm going to try to attend a basketball game. If not, a spring practice or two."
Michigan's chief rival—Ohio State—is also courting Jones, and he said he was on a campus visit to OSU last weekend.
"It was pretty fun," Jones said. "I got to stay on campus with the players. I also attended the basketball game. So it was a pretty good time.
"I could definitely see myself going there. They have a lot of great things to offer academically and athletically. I have been there a couple times, so I am feeling pretty comfortable there."
Jones admits distance will not be a factor in his final decision, but did stress the importance in other criteria.
"Academics," Jones said. "How comfortable I feel with the coaching staff. (I want to) get to know them as much as I can. (I want to) get on campus and get a feel for campus, as well.
As far as a decision timeline, Jones says a decision will most likely be made at the end of the summer.
"I'm going to make my final decision before my final season starts," Jones confirmed.