Jones going to make a Big 12 stop?

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we caught up with Christian Jones, a top linebacker from Florida.

Many times athletes will follow in the footsteps of their families when it comes to choosing a college. But when it was Winter Park (FL) Lake Howell linebacker Christian Jones to go through the recruiting process, he was not a shoe in for following the legacy set forth by brother and father.

"Many assume because my father and brother went to Florida State, that that is for sure where I am going to go," Jones said. "Now I am not going to lie and say that the Seminoles are not my favorite, but my options are open. My mind at this point is just not set on Florida State."

And so it is that the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Jones is out seeking that right fit. With a little over 30 offers in hand, Jones has a not named a favorite, but other are some schools that have his attention.

Naturally, Florida and Florida State are on the list and are the only two schools he has visited up to this point. But there is a nice list put together by Jones of other out-of-state options.

"The schools I would like to know more about are (aside from the Florida schools) Notre Dame, Alabama, USC, and Oklahoma," Jones said. "I am not sure what camps I will make it out to, but I would like to get out to Tennessee, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma this summer. I don't think I will be able to make it out to California."

With Jones' decision to keep an open mind, some of that advice came from two guys who are quite familiar which the process. His brother, Willie Jones Jr. (currently at Florida State), and father Willie Sr. both wore Seminole jerseys.

And while the family members want Christian to open things up to make a wise decision, one of them actually has a favorite. And it is not where he went to school.

"Both of them tell me to go where I feel best, but my father really likes Oklahoma," Jones said. "He said that if he had to do it all over again, he would have looked into Oklahoma more. My father really likes the tradition Oklahoma has and sees how many good players come out of there."

With that said, Jones said that he and his father have started looking at the schedule and would like to make their way down to Norman. Jones has had a Sooner offer for more than three months and said he would like to strengthen the level of communications between he and the Oklahoma coaches.

In fact, he said he would try and reach out as early as Monday.

"It has been quite some time since coach (Jackie) Shipp and I talked. I think I will try and give him a call tomorrow," Jones said. "The last time we talked it was great. He (Shipp) talked about how they plan to use me, and it all sounded good. He sounds like he is really good coach who knows what he is talking about."

And the talk that Jones is referring to is the position and scheme that Shipp explained to the four-star linebacker. 

"I like how he (Shipp) told me that I will be playing the outside linebacker spot and on third downs, I would rush the passer," Jones said. " I like that and definitely want to do that in college."

At Lake Howell as a junior, Jones had 153 tackles and four sacks.


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