Naijee Jones (photo by Brian Dohn)

Class of 2017 Pioneer Jones Enjoys Rutgers Official Visit

Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek defensive back Naijee Jones spoke 1-on-1 with Scarlet Report about the details and emotions behind an official visit to Rutgers. Jones was the first member of the 2017 class, and held firm through a coaching change.

Fun is an understatement for Rutgers cornerback commit Naijee Jones after his last two weekends. The three-star Jones spent his most recent weekend with an official visit to Rutgers.

My visit was great,” said Jones, who was the first member of the 2017 recruiting class. “I can't wait to get back up there. It felt like home. I was very comfortable. All of the coaches made my parents feel comfortable. Time is definitely going fast. I cant believe it's almost signing day and in a couple of months I'll be up at Rutgers practicing with my new team.”

Jones hit his Rutgers official visit the weekend after a state championship with Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek.

It was great to win back to back championships,” Jones said. “It was something a lot of people don't do. It was amazing because a lot of people don't understand how much we went through with people bashing us, following us every day. When you go to Timber Creek, it's more than just football so everybody is really close nit. It's a huge family. People don't understand that. That family environment is what really gets to me. I think the connection between Rutgers and Timber Creek is strong because of that.”

Speaking of family, Jones spent the weekend with long-time friend Tyreek Williams as his host. Williams started half the season as a true freshman linebacker at Rutgers.

It was just catching up on old times,” Jones said. “We've been best friends since we were in high school, so we always keep in touch. It was great being around him as always.”

The majority of the Rutgers recruiting class was on campus for the weekend.

One of the recruiters was telling me how the last official weekend started off slow because they were getting to know each other,” Jones said. “With this group we all clicked immediately, hanging out in the hotel, group messages. We all just clicked right away.”

Rutgers added a member to the class in cornerback Ihmir Marsette, who broke the news with Scarlet Report Sunday morning.

I was very excited,” Jones said. “I spent a lot of time with him. He has great character. I can't wait to play on the opposite side from him.”

Cornerbacks coach Aaron Henry showed Jones plenty of attention during the visit.

Meeting with coach Aaron Henry was great, it was very intense,” Jones said. “It was a good meeting. Me and coach Henry played pool twice and he beat me first game then I beat him the second time. … We watched a lot of film. You go hard I the film room at Rutgers.”

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