DT Jones Makes Unofficial Visit to Rutgers

Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.) defensive tackle Jarron Jones, who holds close to 20 offers, had one vision of Rutgers, but after his unofficial visit to campus Sunday he had a different view of the school. Jones spoke to ScarletReport.com about his trip to Rutgers, what he learned, and his outlook about the school.

Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.) defensive tackle Jarron Jones was near the Rutgers campus this weekend, so without much expectation he took an unofficial visit Sunday.

After meeting with Scarlet Knights linebackers coach Bob Fraser, he left with a completely unexpected outlook about Rutgers.

"I took a visit …and I actually enjoyed myself," he said. "I'm going to try and go to the spring game."

The 6-foot-5 ½, 285 pound Jones holds close to 20 offers, including ones from Rutgers, Alabama, Notre Dame, Penn State, Florida and Tennessee.

He wasn't sure how serious he was taking the Scarlet Knights before his unofficial visit, but coming away from his personal tour he certainly had an optimistic view.

"When I heard Quentin Gause committed, I was like, ‘What makes you want to go there?' It was like, ‘It's Rutgers?' " Jones said. "I had been down before they got really big and everything. I hadn't really seen the new Rutgers. But the new Rutgers is pretty awesome."

Jones toured the facilities at the Hale Center, spoke with Fraser about playing defensive tackle at Rutgers, and learned about the academics of the school, and how coach Greg Schiano puts a premium on graduating players.

Last year the Scarlet Knights ranked No. 1 in Academic Progress Rate (APR), and they have consistently been one of the top programs in the nation when it comes to graduating players.

"I just learned about the APR," Jones said. "That was something I never heard of before. I heard how they work their academic support, their whole initiative, and going into next season, how they approach it."

Jones is coming off a season in which he made 68 tackles and recorded 10 sacks and has a number of high-profile schools clamoring for him.

However, he is not ready to begin trimming his list.

"Everyone is equal with me," he said.

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