Waiting on the Gators
Jairus Jones
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Oct 8, 2008


"I guess Florida offered another safety from Armwood High School," Jairus Jones said. "I've heard he may be thinking about leaving the state though, so if he doesn't commit then I'll get the offer." The only official visit that Jones has scheduled so far is to Michigan State on Oct. 18 for the Ohio State game. "I used to live in Michigan so it'll be like going home. It's a great place..."

Jairus Jones, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound three-star safety has 65 tackles, two fumbles caused and one interception in five games (3-2) for Wharton High School in Tampa, Fla.

Jones, ranked as the No. 80 safety in the country by Scout.com, has 13 total scholarship offers, but his top choice (Florida) still hasn't offered yet.

He said he now favors the No. 11 Gators solidly over No. 4 LSU, No. 23 Michigan State, Nebraska, Illinois and Iowa. He also has offers from Florida Atlantic, Elon, Buffalo, Middle Tennessee, Charleston Southern and most recently, Ball State.

Jones grew up following Florida (both his parents are Gators and his dad, James Jones, was a running back in Gainesville), but admits the Gators haven't impressed him much this season.

"Right now I think they are struggling," he said. "They aren't playing too well and I think the LSU game will be real big."

So who does Jones think will win the Gators/Tigers battle? "LSU seems to have a better defense and I think they'll probably win," he said.

"I really like Louisiana as a state and all the people. It's a great football environment," he said. "I went to the Sugar Bowl when I was a kid when Florida played Miami and it was amazing. I remember how great it was and how much fun I had."

Jones still says that the Gators are #1 in his mind. Now he only needs an offer.

"I guess Florida offered another safety from Armwood High School," Jones said. "I've heard he may be thinking about leaving the state though, so if he doesn't commit then I'll get the offer."

Although the Gators are in the lead for Jones, he says even if they offered him now he'd still want to take his official visits before committing. "I definitely plan on taking three or four visits," he said. "I'll decide after those trips, but I don't plan on waiting until signing day or anything. I'd rather get it done with sooner. I really want to see what the coaches are like during a game, especially if the team loses."

The only official visit that Jones has scheduled so far is to Michigan State on Oct. 18 for the Ohio State game.

"I used to live in Michigan so it'll be like going home," he said. "It's a great place and they are doing really well this year. They've actually impressed me the most because I wasn't really expecting them to be very good and now I think they are ranked. It'll be a tough game against Ohio State though. That will be fun."

Jones lived in Rochester Hills, Mich., for about eight years, but says he doesn’t really have any ties to Michigan anymore. "I don't have any friends or family there anymore," he said.

The other two schools he's close to setting up visits to are LSU and Nebraska. "Nebraska is recruiting me the hardest," he said. "They call every week and send handwritten letters everyday.

"I really like (running back) coach Tim Beck," he said. "He says that they are rebuilding and trying to get back to where they used to be in the 90's. I really like talking to him. He's a good guy and we always have real good talks. We usually end of talking for like 30 minutes and that's a long time."

Two other schools that are in the mix are Illinois and Iowa, although Jones admits he may not take an official visit to either.

"I like Illinois because they've done really well under coach Ron Zook," Jones said. "He basically built them up and now they are a winning program. He did the same thing at Florida because they won the national championship with Zook's guys.

"I don't really know a lot about Iowa, but Bob Sanders (former Hawkeye safety) went to my high school and did great at Iowa," he said. "He had a good career and was a real good safety and that's my goal too."

Sanders was drafted by Indianapolis in 2004 and still plays for the Colts.

Jones's brother, Josh Jones, plays middle linebacker at Elon University.

Jones reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 960 SAT.



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