The class of 2010 wide receiver, a member of the early Scout 100, trimmed his list to seven schools recently, putting Ohio State in a group with Georgia, Notre Dame, North Carolina, California, Stanford and UCLA.
Jones expects to visit North Carolina this upcoming weekend and take a trip out west during his school's spring break to check out the three California schools on his list.
At that point, the 6-0, 174-pounder will have seen each of his top seven schools – so a decision, originally slated for his birthday in July, could be in the cards.
"If I can I will try to make it in April," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "If I find a school that I feel is right for me and I know that in my heart that's where I'm going to end up, why take three, four more months and wait it out? Who knows? Out of nowhere, five people could commit at your position.
"If in my heart and I know it's the school, I'm just going to go ahead and run with it and tell them I want to be a part of their program."
As a result, the Gainesville, Ga., native said he's not sure he will make a return trip to Columbus after already visiting the Ohio State campus in January.
"I am trying to make a trip back up there," he said. "I'm waiting to see how my baseball and track schedule falls. It would be like a spring practice or maybe the spring game. I'll try to see if I can fit Ohio State in, but I'm going to California on my spring break and then we start playing baseball games. I have to be back by a certain day. If I can't fit it on spring break, I'd have to try another weekend or something."
Jones, the No. 14 wideout in the class of 2010 and the No. 81 prospect in the country, caught 81 passes and 13 touchdowns last season as a junior at the same high school as Buckeye sophomore Keith Wells.
He has ties to both Notre Dame, where his father Andre played, and home-state Georgia, but Jones had plenty of good things to say about Ohio State.
"They run a form of the spread offense," he said when asked why the Buckeyes made his group of top schools. "Me being a receiver, that's important, that the offense I put myself into is at least a somewhat balanced offense. And they have Terrelle Pryor, who is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation and probably the perfect quarterback for that offense.
"The relationship I have with the coaches is very strong, and I get the vibe that they truly care about their players and don't just treat them as athletes. The campus itself is a city in itself. Everything you need is right around you. You don't have to go far if you want to go to a movie or go out to a nice restaurant, so it's a safer campus in my opinion."
Jones said he is in contact with the coaches, mainly safeties coach Paul Haynes and receivers coach Darrell Hazell, via e-mail every week or two.
"It's just little updates," he said. "They're checking out how I'm doing. They ask when I'm going to come back up for a visit. It's more like checking up on me and seeing how I'm doing than, ‘Oh, we want you to come here,' and trying to convince me to come to their school."