Closing in on a Wisconsin Visit

Having visited most of the schools on his scholarship list, Hyattsville (MD) Dematha Catholic wide receiver Chris Jones hopes he can visit Wisconsin and meet with wide receivers coach Chris Beatty before the start of his senior season

It's been a busy summer for Chris Jones - the three-star wide receiver from Hyattsville (MD) Dematha Catholic - and his busy schedule won't be ending any time soon.

Jones' summer has consisted of college visits, football camps and working on his game as a wide receiver.

"My summer has been going fast but I've enjoyed it so far," Jones told Badger Nation. "In early June I visited Ohio State, Toledo, Cincinnati, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. All of those visits went well and I enjoyed my time. I've been staying in contact with the coaches and just continuing to set up visits."

Jones next visit could be to Wisconsin, and it could come by the end of the month.

"I hope to visit Madison this weekend or the following weekend," said Jones, who has been talking with wide receivers coach Chris Beatty. "I want to get a visit set up because I want to see Madison, but it depends on my dad. He has come with me on all of my other visits so if he can come with I should be able to make it to Wisconsin."

The relationship between Jones and Beatty has grown ever since the Badgers offered him in March.

"The relationship between me and Coach Beatty has gotten stronger ever since the day they offered me and it's just been going well getting to know him," Jones said. "We've been emailing each other back and fourth and we've been talking on the phone consistently."

"When we email each other or talk to each other on the phone, he has been telling me about Wisconsin," Jones continued. "He tells me that the Badgers need wide receivers and I could possibly come in and help. We also talk about how school is going for me and how I'm doing in my classes and how my workouts are going. He's excited for me to come up and visit Wisconsin because he thinks I'll enjoy myself when I visit."

Not only has Jones been hearing a lot from Beatty, the 6-2, 173-pound receiver is also being actively recruited by his current teammate, and Badgers commit, Taiwan Deal.

"He has been telling me about Wisconsin and what it can offer me as a student and an athlete," Jones said. "He just likes to joke around with me on why I should come to Wisconsin and how much fun it would be to play together. I can tell he really enjoys Wisconsin and I know he wants to bring the best players with him to Madison. But at the same time he knows I will pick whatever school fits me and he will support my decision."

When Jones does visit Wisconsin, he's looking forward to seeing the campus and meeting Beatty for the first time.

"I'm looking forward to meeting Coach Beatty in person because I've enjoyed talking with him on the phone," said Jones. "When I meet him in person I think our relationship will just get stronger. I also want to see the campus and the new facilities that Beatty and Taiwan have been telling me about."

Currently rated the No.136 wide receiver by Fox Sports Next, Jones currently holds 11 scholarship offers but he could possibly see two more offers come his way.

"I've been in contact with the coaching staff at South Carolina and Ohio State," Jones said. "South Carolina wants me to contact them on July 20 to see when I can come back up. I went to South Carolina's spring game in March and I think when I do visit them again that's when they could possibly offer me. With Ohio State I plan on going to their football camp on July 26. If I perform well at the camp I think I can earn an offer from them as well."

Jones has no favorites at this point; saying all of the schools that have offered him are recruiting him as hard as the other school. He plans on narrowing his list down sometime in August.

"I would like to have a top five sometime by August," Jones said. "Hopefully by then I will have seen all the schools that I'm interested in but I've been enjoying the recruiting process so far. I've gotten to see some cool college campuses and meet some good people."

After catching 45 passes for 800 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior, Jones is looking forward to improving those numbers.

"I've just been working on all phases of my game," Jones said. "If its catching the football, working on my routes or getting out of my cuts faster, and just continuing to get my playbook down. I know I can improve on those numbers and I know I will if I put in the work this offseason."

Two-a-day practices begin on August 2 for Jones and his high school teammates; a day he has been waiting for since last season ended.

"I want to enjoy my last year playing high school football and I want to enjoy it with my fellow seniors and the rest of my teammates," Jones said. "For me and the rest of the seniors we've been playing together since we were freshman and for some of us a little longer. But we've talked about what this year would be like since we started playing high school football. We've talked about what we want to accomplish as seniors with the ultimate goal being a state title. I know we can achieve it because we definitely have the talent."


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