Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute linebacker/defensive end Jamir Jones is one of the top players in the Empire State in the 2016 class. Already holding an offer from Syracuse, he visited the Orange over the weekend to see them play Duke.
The experience was not quite what it could have been, given that he was running late on his way to the stadium.
”I went and watched the game,” Jones said. “We were supposed to go on the field for the warmups and everything, but ran into a bunch of traffic and didn’t make it on time.”
Despite traffic infringing on some of the trip, he was still impressed by what he saw inside the Carrier Dome on Saturday.
”It’s a great atmosphere,” Jones said. “It gets really loud in there especially on those big third downs. But yeah it’s a great atmosphere with a nice fan base. Somewhere I can definitely see myself playing.”
While Jones did not get to speak with the coaches or recruiting staff during this visit, he has remained in constant communication during his recruitment.
”Sadly, no,” Jones said. “I got there right at kickoff and left after the game. They’ve told me (before) that I’m a very versatile player, but they like me more with my hand on the ground rushing the passer.”
Playing with his hand in the ground is something that Jones relishes. It allows him to be more aggressive, which he prefers.
”To me, it’s no big deal,” Jones said. “I feel very comfortable at defensive end. If I actually had to choose one, I would rather play defensive end. It’s a lot less thinking, You get to go.”
The trip went well for Jones, even with the snafu at the onset. In fact, despite not speaking with members of the Syracuse staff, his interest in the Orange continues to grow.
”It actually boosted it a bit,” Jones said. “It’s a beautiful place. Like I said before, I love the Dome. It’s a great atmosphere with a great fan base.”