Jones Tours USC Campus for First Time

It was a busy week on the University of South Carolina campus as the Gamecock coaching staff played host to multiple class of 2010 targets. Thursday was no different as Byrnes WR Nick Jones, five-star teammate Marcus Lattimore and USC QB commitment Dylan Thompson made the trip to Columbia for an unofficial visit. Read inside as Jones describes the visit to

Jones, Lattimore and Thompson arrived on campus between 11:30 a.m. and 12. What followed was a six-hour visit that featured a tour of the campus; a look at the weight room, coaches offices, and stadium; and a whole lot of football talk.

Jones, a speedy wide receiver prospect from the powerhouse Byrnes HS program, says he enjoyed everything about the visit.

"It went great," Jones said. "Everything was all first class."

While the majority of the prospects' time in Columbia was spend interacting with the coaches about how they would be used if they were to suit up in the Garnet and Black, Jones said a different aspect stood out to him the most.

"Well this is the first time I actually got to tour the campus," Jones said. "Every time I've been down there I've been on the football side of town. But I got to tour the campus this time, and everything just looked real good. Everything was real nice."

USC wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. was not in town, but Jones said he did get to talk to his potential future position coach on the phone.

Jones says he spent a lot of time with USC running back coach Jay Graham.

"Coach Graham, he's a good guy," Jones said. "He's a down-to-earth coach. He's a coach you can talk about anything to. He's a real nice guy and real understandable."

Next up for Jones will be a July visit to Penn State with Lattimore. The Nittany Lions have informed Jones they plan to offer when he makes it to Happy Valley.

The trio of prospects also say they plan to take another visit to the USC campus in July.

While Jones says not to expect a decision until after his season, Thursday's visit did help the Gamecocks' chances to ultimately land the shifty wide receiver.

"I really don't have a leader right now," he says. "Everything [with the programs recruiting me] is just all spread out. But (the visit) gave me a good idea about my professors and how it would be if I were to go there."

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