Jones claims Vol offer has UT as leader

Cartersville (Ga.) lineman J.D. Jones has been flying under the radar early in the recruiting season, but a recent unofficial visit to Tennessee may have jump-started his recruitment in a big way. Following the visit, Jones claims a Vol offer and is ready to name a clear-cut leader.

Cartersville (Ga.) lineman J.D. Jones has been flying under the radar early in the recruiting season, but a recent unofficial visit to Tennessee may have jump-started his recruitment in a big way.

Following the visit, Jones claims a Vol offer and is ready to name a clear-cut leader.

"Tennessee's on top, Auburn's next, then Georgia Tech," said the 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman. "It's a pretty big lead. I was leaning to Auburn, but after my visit to Tennessee I saw that they have the total package, both education-wise and athletically."

Jones, who also claims offers from Arkansas, Middle Tennessee State, Memphis, Illinois State and Furman says the city of Knoxville stood out on his visit, and the offer, while unexpected, was more than welcome.

"I was surprised by the Tennessee offer, because they hadn't really seen me that much but I was sure happy when I got it," he said. "I think it's a nice city; that was the main thing I liked about my visit. I worked with both Coach (Chuck) Smith and Coach Hiestand and they both let me know that they wanted me there. I'm pretty athletic for a big man so they wanted to try me at both center and right guard. The coaching staff has actually talked to me about both offensive line and defensive tackle."

Jones says he plans to make it back in the fall for an official visit, though he has yet to set a date. He plans to make his commitment sometime after his senior season. He expects to play defensive tackle at the next level, though that won't be a determining factor in his decision.

"I've got good explosion off the ball, I'm strong, and I destroy double teams. I'm a real good pass rusher as a defensive lineman."

Jones reports a bench press of 305 and a 530 squat. Though not a mid-term enrollee, he foresees no qualification issues.


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