Scout.com four-star athlete Darius Jones has kept coaches and fans of Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and LSU on the edge of their seats for almost three months. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect from Marshall (TX) quickly narrowed his school choices to those three schools back in the spring, but picking a finalist and announcing a commitment has been a far more difficult task. However, that all may change this weekend with a scheduled unofficial trip to Texas A&M.
"Yes, I'm still scheduled to visit Texas A&M this weekend with Dameon (Smith) and my family," Jones said. "If I like what I see and it goes as expected, there's a good chance I will commit."
So what will Jones need to see at Texas A&M that could warrant a verbal pledge to the Aggies?
"Mainly I want to spend time with the players and coaches, and check out the kind of relationship there is between them on the team. That's important to me," Jones said. "I'm also going to take in the atmosphere of the university. I want to feel at home since I'll be living there for four years. I just want to feel comfortable."
With the several wide receiver prospects commiting to Texas A&M in the past several weeks, there's been questions whether the program has enough room for both Jones and teammate Dameon Smith at wide receiver. Jones doesn't see that as an issue.
"I've talked to Coach Jordan (Texas A&M asst. coach) about it," Jones said. "They are recruiting me as an athlete that can play either receiver or cornerback. I'll get a shot at receiver first, but I know they are graduating a lot of defensive backs after next year, so my best shot at early playing time could be on defense."
While Jones has been uncertain of his final choice in recent months, one thing that has been constant is his desire to visit his three finalists (A&M, LSU, OU) in the summer. In June, he made the trip to Baton Rouge for an unofficial visit to see the LSU Tigers, and he'll be in College Station this weekend to see the Aggies. That leaves just Oklahoma, and he plans to see the Sooners next week.
"I'm scheduled to visit OU on July 17, and I still plan to go on that trip," Jones said.
With Jones leaning to the Aggies and a commitment a definite possibility this weekend, will the outcome of this weekend's visit to Texas A&M affect his plans to visit Norman?
"I don't think so," Jones said. "I have the visit already planned and I've told the coaches from the beginning that I wanted to see all three schools this summer."
While Jones did not elaborate further on the current situation with OU, he did make it clear that it's essentially a two-horse race at the moment.
"It's been Texas A&M and Oklahoma for the past few weeks," Jones said. "I haven't spoken to the LSU coaches in a while."