DeAndre Jones, the 6-foot, 225-pound three-star linebacker from University High School in Memphis, Tenn., finished his senior season (7-4) with 65 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, eight sacks, five fumbles caused, two fumbles recovered and one interception.
"Now that the season is over I plan to really focus on recruiting," Jones said. "I want to take about two or three more trips. My main focus is to build a relationship with the players there. Coaches come and go but it's important that I really get along with my teammates because they are the ones that are going to be there the whole time."
Although Jones denies a leader he says he favors Stanford, Kentucky, Michigan State and Vanderbilt. In early October, the Cardinal held a slight lead. All of his favorites have offered, except for the Commodores. "If Vanderbilt offers me then I'll visit them," he said. "They wanted to get some tape on me from this year first."
The only official visit that Jones has already taken was to Stanford on Sept. 15. "It's a really beautiful campus," he said. "It's probably one of the best looking campuses in America. I really enjoyed my visit, but the one thing that I keep thinking about when I think back about my trip was the campus.
"I also really like coach Jim Harbaugh," he said. "He's very down to earth. We had breakfast with him during the trip and he just seems to relate with his players well. He's a motivational-type of guy. They've got quotes up all over the corridors with inspiration quotes that are supposed to fire them up and motivate the players. He's done a good job with that."
The two other schools that Jones will visit for sure are Kentucky and Michigan State. "Kentucky plays in the SEC, so it's hard to expect a lot from them, but they've had a great season," he said. "You never know who's going to win these days and they showed they belong up there and that they are for real.
"Michigan State plays in a tough conference too (Big Ten) and they play great teams every week," he said. "Every Saturday it seems like they are taking on a top 25 opponent. I like how competitive they are and the coaches are real cool. I'm in contact with (recruiting coordinator) coach Mark Staten and we have a pretty good relationship already."
While Jones used to have offers from Ole Miss and Indiana, he says that it's these four that are primarily recruiting him now.
"I want to get it over with before Christmas," he said. "I want to be able to enjoy my holidays and not be thinking about this stuff."
Jones is ranked as the No. 38 weakside linebacker in the country by Scout.com.
He reports a 4.0 core GPA and an 1160 two-part SAT.