One of the ugliest home performances in recent Wisconsin history did not sit well with the 80,000+ fans who paid to see it. Buford (GA) Lanier junior linebacker Juwuan Jones didn’t seem to mind. Offered by the Badgers this summer, Jones had been waiting for the last month to see the campus and didn’t leave disappointed.
“It was a tremendous visit and a great experience,” Jones told BadgerNation. “They made me feel like I was wanted at Wisconsin. It’s a great atmosphere for college football. I see why it’s one of the best places in the nation … When they did Jump Around and everyone was getting hyped for the fourth quarter, that was cool.”
Making the visit with his dad, Jones got a chance to speak to the entire coaching staff, spend time in the locker room, tour the facilities and enjoy breakfast and dinner on campus.
“The coaches try to make you better even after you leave Wisconsin,” said Jones. “They don’t forget about you. They’ve been talking to me a lot over Twitter, and I would call them sometimes. The communication has been great between me and Wisconsin.”
Being recruited as an inside linebacker by Wisconsin, Jones spoke with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda prior to the game.
“We talked what it was like to be at Wisconsin and that it should be a pretty good game against Iowa,” said Jones. “I like how the defense flies around to the ball. Whenever there’s a turnover, they don’t get mad at the offense. They just go out and do their job. They do their job very well.”
Although Wisconsin is still his only offer, Jones – a three-star prospect by Scout.com – recently went on an unofficial to Duke and is getting increased interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Northwestern and Virginia.
Through the first give games of the season, Jones has 51 tackles (37 solo), three tackles for loss, two pass deflections and one QB hurry, helping his school to a 5-0 record.
“I work very hard in the offseason and during the season,” said Jones.