"I really liked the field," Cristo Jones told Warhawk Nation. "The locker room was really nice. I liked the facilities."
The strapping 6-4, 230-pounder was 3-1 with a 5.18 ERA over 41.2 innings pitched for the Florida juco as a freshman reliever. His season stat line includes 31 strikeouts and 28 walks. Jones is a native of Panama City, Fla., where he played at Rutherford High.
Jones visited Monroe two weekends ago with his teammate Nick Miller, who has since committed to Smoke Laval at North Florida.
"They took us around campus and showed us the intra-squad so we could see what the team will be like next year," Jones said. "We spent time with the pitching coach and he ran us through his stuff. After practice we got to hang out with players to get to know them."
Jones said he broke the appearance record at Gulf Coast last season and was often called into middle relief jams with men on base. Jones is expecting to be one of the team's top starters this season.
"I sit around 88, 89," he said. "I can bump it up to about 92 but I sit at 89 the whole game." Jones said that FIU, Samford and Bethune-Cookman were among the schools who talked to him in recruiting.