Marshall (TX) has been a popular destination for college coaches during the spring evaluation period, and while there are several high Division I prospects playing for the Mavericks, one the biggest prizes, not only at the school but in the state, is athlete Darius Jones. The 6-foot, 175-pound speedster had narrowed his choices down to a final three of Oklahoma, LSU, and Texas A&M in the past couple of months.
However, since that time Jones has played his cards very close to the vest keeping fans of all three schools wondering where he will play his collegiate football. Wednesday evening, Jones spoke to Aggie Websider and gave a hint as to where he is leaning at the moment.
"I'm getting pretty close to a decision," Jones said. "I'll probably choose a school around July 13."
Asked what was significant about that date, the Scout.com four-star speed athlete planted his clue.
"I'm going on an unofficial visit to Texas A&M on the 13th with my mom and Dameon (Smith)," Jones said. "I guess you could say that Texas A&M is my leader right now."
Jones is currently the starting quarterback for the Mavericks, but his future in college will be at wide receiver or defensive back to take advantage of his blazing 10.51 100 speed. His three finalists have recruited him at different positions. Has that made a difference when evaluating his options?
"OU and LSU are both recruiting me as an athlete where I could play either receiver or defensive back," Jones said. "Texas A&M is recruiting me strictly as a receiver. I don't know if it makes that big of a difference."
Jones has recently visited LSU, and he is scheduled to be in College Station to visit the Aggies on July 13. Does he have any other visits planned before he makes his decision?
"I'm not sure right now. I'm going to A&M on the 13th but I don't have anything set beside that," Jones said. "I may try to make it up to OU, but I don't know."
In the meantime, Jones and his Marshall teammates are working hard in the offseason to prepare for the 2008 season. While Jones and his 7-on-7 squad just missed qualifying for the state 7-on-7 tournament in College Station on July 11, they are using the time to get in some additional work.
"We're hitting the weights pretty hard. The team is focused on getting better and being ready for the upcoming season," Jones said. "Personally, I feel I'm faster and stronger so I'm looking forward to a good year."
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