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Clemson catches Jones at Callaway

High-ceiling prospect Keiondre Jones has attracted the attention of Clemson’s coaching staff this week.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, defensive backs coach Mike Reed and co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliot appeared at Callaway High School in Hogansville, Ga., to see the 2019 offensive lineman.

Only a freshman, Jones has a host of offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, North Carolina and Tennessee. It’s a testament to his talent, which the Tigers wanted to witness themselves.

Still, Jones didn’t expect Clemson’s presence.

“It surprised me because I have never come in contact with any Clemson coaches before,” he told The Clemson Insider.

Jones isn’t too familiar with Clemson, but that should change as he intends to visit soon and said he’ll likely talk to the staff before then.

“My coach gave me their card,” Jones said, “and told me at practice that they thought highly of me.

“I don’t know much about the school yet but I love the atmosphere at the games, and they seem to have a great coaching staff.”

Jones hasn’t turned 15 years old yet, though he already stands at 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds.

Jones — who drives through the whistle, moves his feet well and is good in space — was recently invited to participate in the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge in Atlanta on June 12.

Callaway running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Matt Neighbors is a firm believer in the potential of Jones.

“He’s a freak of nature,” Neighbors said. “I think Coach Elliot wants to get him up there on campus and meet Dabo and all that type of stuff. We’re getting that set up.

“The sky’s the limit. If I’ve ever seen a future NFL offensive lineman, it’s him. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime type of guy.”

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