An all-conference and all-state team selection this past season, the 6-6, 290-pound Jones - a 2014 four-star recruit ranked the No. 5 offensive linemen in the country by Scout.com - has seen his recruitment explode with offers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Florida, Iowa, Ohio State, Illinois, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame and Tennessee. "It has been going pretty good lately with a lot of schools visiting me," Jones told Badger Nation. "It has been picking up lately with the visit period. "
Wisconsin was on Jones early on, but wasn't sure where he stood after the massive coaching changeover following the Big Ten championship game. It didn't long for Gary Andersen to understand how important Jones would be for the 2014 class, and some of the other Wisconsin 2014 commits have relayed that same message, too.
"Coach Andersen came to my school along with offensive line Coach (T.J.) Woods, so they have been in contact with me," said Jones. "We really haven't had a chance to have a full conversation because they can't say anything to you when they come to your school, but I plan on starting to talk to Coach Woods and visiting them this spring.
"Brian (Allen) and me are trying to head up there this spring. I am pretty close with the 2014 class at Wisconsin with talking to Jaden Gault on Twitter and Chance Stewart along with George Panos, too. I know Brian with working out with him at Core 6, so I know him just as well. They have been telling me about the great tradition of offensive linemen there and things we could do if I teamed up with all of them."
Having built up his game in the past season, improving his first step out of his stance and his overall speed, Jones goes more in-depth on what he all feels about Wisconsin.
"They have a great tradition of producing offensive linemen and have been to the Rose Bowl the last three years," he said. "I had gotten to know the other coaching staff really well, but I look forward to know this one. I have visited Wisconsin and been there for a game day, so I got to see what that experience was like. They have a great fan base there and were really pumped up when I went to the game. The jump around was amazing as well. Touring the campus and seeing it more thoroughly is what I look forward when I can make it back on campus. I am pretty excited about that."
In addition to Wisconsin, Jones is hoping to visit Florida, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State over the next several months.