Jairus Jones, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound three-star safety from Wharton High School in Tampa, Fla., finished his senior season with 180 tackles and four interceptions. He also had 18 touchdowns receiving for 9-3 Wharton.
Jones, ranked as the No. 81 safety in the country by Scout.com, hasn't taken any official visits yet and has none scheduled. "I had a couple trips set in October and November, but we had to reschedule," Jones explained. "
"My mom couldn't get a ticket in time," he said. "At first she wasn't gonna go, but then decided to go with me and we could find her a ticket. It got too complicated."
When we last spoke with Jones, he was supposed to visit Michigan State on Oct. 18 and was also in talks with LSU and Nebraska for visits. Turns out that LSU and Nebraska are no longer recruiting Jones and the only school that he's still hearing from consistently is North Carolina State.
"I hearing from them the most," Jones said. "I haven't really talked to the others in a while. I need to call Michigan State and see about the visit. I'm originally from Michigan and I like the area. Plus, they had a great season and have been doing really well. It's been a long time since they've done so well and they've really impressed me."
Jones says he now favors North Carolina State slightly over Michigan State, Illinois, South Florida, Indiana and Iowa. Although he says he received offers from all of his favorites, he isn't quite sure where he stands with most of them now.
"I really like coach Ron Zook a lot," Jones said of the Illinois head coach. "He used to be the old Florida coach so we watched him a lot. He's a great recruiter, but I haven't really talked with him yet. He seems to have an eye for talent."
South Florida is only 10 minutes away, but Jones says that distance isn't a consideration.
Another thing that North Carolina State has going for it is that his brother, Josh Jones, plays linebacker for Elon University, which is near the Wolfpack campus. "They are going to a bowl game this year and have a great team," he said. "It's close to my brother and that would be great to go there.
"We have a good relationship and he helps me a lot," he said. "He told me to stay in shape and to be ready to work harder than ever when I go to college."
Jones reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 960 SAT.