May 3, 2011

Stephenson DE has travel plans

Rivals250 to Watch defensive end Jarontay Jones plans to travel a lot this summer.

Jones, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end from Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga., has already visited Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Florida and Vanderbilt.

"I'm going to see a lot more (colleges)," Jones said.

Plans to visit Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan and Miami before football season begins are in the works.

"I want to take as many visits as possible," he said. "I don't know the dates for any of the visits, but I know I'm going to take them."

He also plans to return to a few schools he has already visited.

"Auburn is one of them," he said. "I'll definitely go back to Auburn."

Jones claims an offer from Auburn as well as ones from Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Tennessee, among others.

"Everybody is recruiting me really hard. I am getting love from everywhere," he said.

Tommy Thigpen is recruiting Jones to Auburn. According to Jones, the two stay in contact.

"I call Coach Thigpen the most at Auburn," he said. "I know him pretty well. I really like him a lot. I've met him before when I visited there back in the spring."

One coach Jones wasn't able to meet during the visit was Mike Pelton, the Tigers' new defensive line coach.

"They hadn't hired him, yet, so I would like to get to meet him," said Jones. "I have heard good things about him."

Stephenson High starts spring practice Wednesday and Jones believes there will be several college coaches there for evaluations. Jones said Thigpen or Pelton might be one of them.

With the travel plans he has for the summer, Jones said it should be obvious he doesn't expect to make a commitment before the fall.

"I'm just loving the process. It's a blessing," he said. "I'm just taking it one day at a time.

"I don't think I will commit soon, but I also don't think I will wait until signing day."

During the spring evaluation period (April 15-May 31), coaches can visit a student-athlete's high school twice. The coach can visit to evaluate the prospect's academic qualification and return to the school for an athletic evaluation.

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