In May, Clemson offered Hialeah (Fla.) Mater Academy four-star outside linebacker Mikel Jones.
The Clemson Insider recently spoke with Jones, one of the top prospects in the 2019 class, who said that Clemson is his leader at this time.
“It’s a great program,” Jones said. “I have family members up there, and they’re all supporting me to go to Clemson.”
Jones has other early offers from Iowa State, Southern and Temple.
He attended camps at Miami and South Carolina this summer, and hopes to visit Clemson for the first time during the upcoming season.
“I should be trying to make it to one of the games this fall,” Jones said. “If anything comes up and I can’t, they’ll be the first school I go to next spring or summer.”
Jones is looking forward to seeing Clemson’s facilities and campus.
“I want to see the players’ dorms and athletic dorms, and then I want to go to the stadium and see Death Valley,” Jones said. “Those are the two main things I want to see, and the campus.”
Jones has heard from Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables this summer through his high school coach.
“He looks forward to having a relationship with me throughout the years,” Jones said.
As a freshman in 2015, Jones had 12 sacks, 76 tackles, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder hopes to increase his production even more this year.
“Last year I made second team all-county, so this year I want to make first team all-county,” Jones said, “with at least 25 sacks and over 100 tackles.”
Jones is rated by 247Sports as the No. 10 player in Florida for the 2019 class, the nation’s No. 3 outside linebacker and the nation’s No. 52 player overall.
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