Florida DT Holds Rutgers Offer

Rutgers offered Raines High (Jacksonville, Fla.) defensive tackle Chris Jones a while back, but until now the Scarlet Knights' interest in the 6-foot-5, 265-pounder was kept under wraps. ScarletReport.com caught up with Jones, and quickly learned he knew plenty about the Scarlet Knights because of his background. See what Jones had to say about Rutgers, recruiting and his favorite position.

Rutgers dipped into Jacksonville, Fla., for a pair of recruits in the 2010 class, and the Scarlet Knights are returning there in the 2011 class.

Already high on the radar is Edward H. White offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson, and now, at least as it pertains to Rutgers, comes a new name on the recruiting landscape.

Rutgers offered Raines High (Jacksonville, Fla.) defensive tackle Chris Jones, and the 6-foot-5, 265-pounder has reciprocated the interested and is hopeful of taking a visit to the campus.

"I really like Rutgers a lot," Jones said. "They're not too far from where I'm from. I was born in Buffalo but I was raised in Harlem."

Jones moved to Florida in 2007. In addition to Rutgers, among the schools to offer Jones are Tennessee, North Carolina, Miami, Iowa State, Louisville and East Carolina.

However, he does have a soft spot for Rutgers since it is close to his former home.

"It's a great school, the Big East," he said. "I get mail and stuff from them, and they offered me a scholarship."

Jones also seems to fit the mold of the type of player coach Greg Schiano recruits to play for the Scarlet Knights.

"I want a family environment, somewhere I could go and have fun and I want to get my English degree," Jones said. "I want to teach elementary school English and I want to minor in psychology because I always wanted to write books.

"I always want to push myself more than physically, and do it mentally."

Jones said he has not been thinking too hard about official visits because his focus is on the season, but he added he could start cutting his list next month.

As for where he will play, Jones is being recruited by some schools for the offensive line, although Rutgers' interest is on the defensive side. And that is fine with Jones.

"That's where I started at, and that's where I'm going to finish at," he said. "If a college wants me to start on offensive line, that's where I'm going to start at so I can make the team so the team can win."

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