"It has been going good out here," added Delvin Jones while getting ready for the Monday morning practice. "I got here Saturday morning, and we had a practice that day and Sunday. It has been going good."
What most has Jones learned about himself while competing against Florida's elite athletes.
"Mostly that I like to compete. I enjoy matching up against our state's best. It gives me a barometer of where I am right now."
And where is that?
"I feel like I am right up there with these guys. I need to work on stopping the run. That is the main thing I need to work on. I just wanted to come up here and recognize what my weaknesses are and attack those areas this offseason. I am right aft 229 right now, and I believe I need to get to 250 before I start camp."
The dead period started this week, but the past couple of weeks, quite a few recruiters came by to see him before the Christmas Holidays started.
"Yea, you could say there were quite a few people who came by here (laugh). You know Tennessee has been here every week. Ole Miss too. Nebraska was here. LSU was here. Miami was here. Florida came by. Arkansas has been coming by. You know, it is just the usual schools."
Which schools have been the most consistent throughout his recruitment?
"I am going to take visits to Tennessee (1/14), Ole Miss (1/21), and Arkansas (1/28). I am still committed to Tennessee, but I want to see what else is out there. I always said I was going to take my visits because I have not never been to their campuses. I just want to see what they have to offer."
What stands out about each school?
"Tennessee is an up and coming program, and I really like their coaches. Ole Miss is the same thing, but they are losing all of their defensive ends to the league, so I have a good chance to come in there and start my freshman year. Arkansas is a school that a lot of people do not know much about, but they have a lot of good things going on up there."
The 6' 6" Miami Palmetto standout collected 66 tackles and 16 sacks this season after finishing his junior season with 21 sacks.
Yancy Porter is the Recruiting Manager for the State of Mississippi and he can be reached at email@example.com