Southern Interest

Westlake High athlete Julian Jones is watching his recruitment ramp up. Off the heels of a strong junior season, several programs have begun to take notice.

Atlanta (Ga.) athlete Julian Jones has flown under the radar for far too long. After a notable junior season and an impressive performance at a Nike NFTC event, several college programs are taking notice.

Jones (6-4, 205 lbs.), who could play either the linebacker or safety position at the next level, is taking the newfound interest in stride.

"Right now things are going well," Jones said, describing his recruitment. "I'd say Georgia Tech is coming at me the hardest. And I'd say North Carolina State and Cincinnati are close behind. That's pretty much it … the main three right now."

When examining schools that could obtain his services at the next level, Jones has already outlined several criteria.

"I'm kind of looking for early playing time, a bigger city and good conference," Jones said. "I'm also interested in where I play. Some are looking at me as a 3-4 linebacker and kind of like a strong safety. I haven't decided which position I'd like to play but either of those two."

As of late, West Virginia has entered the picture for Jones. Despite the new interest being "out of the blue," the Mountaineers have made it known they're tracking his progress.

"Yeah, they've begun to show a little bit of interest," Jones said. "I have spoken to Coach (Damon) Cogdell. He's coming to see me play in the spring."

With the summer months fast approaching, Jones has a few programs he'd like to visit, in addition to working to get better.

"I know I'm going to be visiting Tennessee, N.C. State, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech and possibly Stanford. I want to work covering wide receivers, especially slot receivers."

As a junior, Jones tallied 81 total tackles, three sacks and two pass-breakups in only six games. and will continue to update Jones' recruitment.

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