A member of the class of 2019, his recruitment, for all intents and purposes, is just getting started. But Jones is already receiving significant interest from some of the top schools in all of college football.
And he’s enjoying the process.
“I’m just thinking about everything and letting everything come to me,” he said.
Jones recently took in his second visit to Ole Miss. The Rebels held the first in a series of recruiting camps over the weekend. Jones made sure he was there.
Jones participated in Ole Miss junior day in May.
“It was good. I got to see a lot of different things and talk to (Ole Miss defensive coordinator and safeties) coach (Wesley) McGriff. They offered at junior day. They like my physicality and the way I can find the ball and my athleticism and everything I can do on defense.”
The 6-foot, 170-pound Jones said the goal of his return trip was to observe the coaching style of the Ole Miss staff. He also wanted to learn more of how he’d be utilized should he ultimately choose the Rebels.
Ole Miss views Jones, of Northwest Rankin High School, as an all-around defensive back who could slide in wherever he’s needed. Jones is being scouted as a cornerback and safety, depending on the school recruiting him.
The biggest pull to Ole Miss for Jones, though, is McGriff.
“Me and coach McGriff are actually really close,” Jones said. “I feel like we talk almost every day. I call him every day. Me and (Ole Miss cornerbacks) coach (Jason) Jones, we talk on occasion. (RBs) Coach (Derrick) Nix, too. But me and coach McGriff are real close.
“He’s down to earth. He’s just someone I can go to about anything. I know he’s got my back and he’ll take care of me.”
Jones currently holds offers from Ole Miss, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Mississippi State and Minnesota. LSU has expressed interest, too, and he was expected to visit the Tigers this week.
The Oklahoma, Georgia and Michigan offers were eye-openers for Jones.
“Those schools, growing up, you just look at them like, ‘Dang, that’s a big school. That’s a great school.’ So that’s how I’m looking at it,” he said. “I don’t have a problem going out of state.”
He hasn’t visited any of those schools yet. He plans to go to Michigan in July.
“I want to see how I fit into their defense and their scheme,” he said of the Wolverines. “They like my athleticism and ball-hawking ability and physicality. Oklahoma told me I can play some corner and some nickel. I like that. Georgia’s strictly safety. I’m OK playing safety.”