January 21, 2008

Georgia LB gives Ole Miss a leg up

Basketball season has wreaked havoc on Albany (Ga.) Westover School linebacker Jason Jones's official visit plans this month.

The 6-2, 221-pound Jones got to his Ole Miss official visit a day late because of a Friday night basketball game, but he rectified the situation by staying through Monday.

"We had a big game Friday night. We played Monroe and beat them by 27. I had seven points and 10 rebounds," Jones said. "I was supposed to come back (from Ole Miss) on Sunday even though I got down there on Saturday, but I decided that I wanted to stay another day, so I went ahead and stayed until Monday.

"Me and some other guy came in at the same time and we came up with the idea to stay another day. I didn't get enough in (by Sunday) and I liked it up there, so I wanted to see some more."

Not only is basketball season causing scheduling difficulties for Jones, but a late start to his process has also created a situation where he must do a majority of his research on schools in a short amount of time. Getting the full tour at Ole Miss gave Jones enough time to get all the information he needed.

"I like Ole Miss a lot with the atmosphere with the new coaches they brought in. I am definitely considering going there," Jones said. "I spent the most time between Coach (Houston) Nutt and Coach (Tyrone) Nix. Me and Coach Nutt talked about him being at Arkansas and coming over. Coach Nix talked about the defense he is going to run as the defensive coordinator. We had some nice conversations when we went out and ate last night."

"Yesterday, we got to around to the academic part of it and I think that was one of the parts that I needed," he said. "It's just the fact that it is impossible to fail. They keep you up on everything and make sure everything is going straight with your grades. For the most part I could get a great education there. It was just nice. I'm talking about straight up, all-around nice."

Proximity to home is an important factor for Jones because he would like to stay close to his mother. Although he feels Ole Miss is a little on the far side, this weekend's visit made him more comfortable with the possibility of attending school there.

"I wanted to go to Auburn, but this definitely gives Ole Miss a leg up," said Jones. "The situation is at the point where Auburn has not offered yet and Ole Miss has. I think I would still have to wait it out and look (if Auburn offers)."

Jones was supposed to take an official visit to South Carolina last weekend, but that trip did not materialize. Ole Miss, then, was his first official visit, but he's hoping to squeeze three more trips in before Signing Day.

"This weekend I am planning on visiting Auburn and I'm supposed to be going to Louisville this weekend. I am going to both of them this weekend," said Jones. "I also have another visit to Georgia Southern on Feb. 2. Those are the only four, but I don't have an offer from Auburn."

As a senior, Jones earned first team All-State honors after making 154 total tackles and two interceptions on defense as well as 15 catches for 340 yards and three touchdowns on offense.

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