Jones sets four visits

Highly touted prospect is one of the nation's top JuCo defensive ends

North Dakota College of Science has not had a player like Bobby Jones come through in recent memory. Jones, one of the finest defensive ends in the junior college ranks, currently holds seven offers with a few more potentially on the way. He currently has four official visits set.

The state of South Dakota has produced some good football players, most notably University of Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway. Bobby Jones was in the same class as Greenway, and figured to be the second prospect in the state to sign a division one letter of intent that year. However, due to academic shortcomings, he ended up at North Dakota College of Science.

That move may have worked out for the best as Jones has his seen his recruitment soar and he is currently holding seven offers.

"I have offers from Wisconsin, Michigan State, Kansas State, Cincinnati, South Carolina, and Florida Atlantic," Jones said. "Texas A&M and Arizona both just received my film, and are suppose to get back to me in the next couple of days concerning an offer. Arkansas and Louisville also just joined the picture, but I'm not sure what their interest level is."

Jones set his first official visit to Michigan State for the Nov. 5 weekend when they host the Ohio State Buckeyes.

"The coaching staff at Michigan State is great. I speak to Coach (John L.) Smith on a weekly basis, and he is a real good guy," Jones said. "Coach (Doug) Nuffmeyer is the coach recruiting me, and I also like the job their defensive line coach, Steve Stripling, is doing there. I know I'd have the chance to make an early impact."

Jones will then make his second official visit the following weekend to Oregon as they host UCLA.

"They graduate four guys up front, and are in major need of some defensive lineman," Jones said. "Coach (Steve) Greatwood has been my recruiting coach, and we've gotten along great. It is a Pac Ten school, and offers a lot of wonderful opporunities. Coach (Mike) Bellotti is a good guy, as well."

Jones month of November becames even more hetic the following weekend when he'll make his official visit to Manhattan to check out Coach Bill Synder and his Kansas State squad.

"They play Iowa State that weekend, and they've told me that is the weekend they are bringing in all their JUCO visitors," Jones said. "They also need some guys up front, and they've had great success in recruiting junior college players. They are in a good conference, and it is a good program. They just really love their JUCO's there."

For now, Jones only remaining visit after the month of November will take place on Dec. 3 when he checks out the University of Wisconsin.

"I'm very high on the Badgers as I got the chance to take a visit there this summer, and I absolutely loved everything," he said. "They are graduating all four of their defensive lineman, and needs guys to come in right away. Coach (Bret) Bielema and Coach (John) Palermo are doing a great job with the defensive line, and I really like the coach recruiting me, Rob Ianello."

Jones, who will be a December graduate and has two years left to play, plans to use his fifth official visit as well.

"I want to take all five visits, but I'm just waiting to get the feedback on any more offers that come my way," he said. "If A&M offers me then they'll be in the best shape to land my last visit. They are suppose to be getting back to me in the next couple of days."

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