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Clemson still on top for high-4 star Florida LB

Mikel Jones

Hialeah (Fla.) high-four star linebacker Mikel Jones is having another stellar season as a sophomore for Mater Academy.

The Clemson Insider recently checked in with Jones, one of the top prospects in the 2019 class, about his season and the latest in his recruitment.

“My season is going really good,” Jones said. “My team is 8-1 and I’m leading the team in tackles.”

Through eight games, Jones has rung up seven sacks, three forced fumbles, two safeties and two blocked punts, including one that he returned for a touchdown.

Jones became a well-known recruit after a breakout freshman season in 2015, when he had 76 tackles, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

“It feels really good,” Jones said of his current season, “because a lot of people were expecting me not to do as well as last season because of the offers and ratings, but I had to show that it’s only making me work harder, and I’m going to continue to progress.”

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder owns offers from Clemson, Iowa State, Syracuse, Temple and West Virginia.

Right now, the Tigers are his favorite.

“Clemson is still on top right now,” Jones said. “I love the school and program. I can’t wait until my junior year so I can actually start speaking with coaches.”

Jones has visited Miami a couple of times this season, and he hopes to make his first visit to Clemson for the Tigers’ game against South Carolina on Nov. 26.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know all of the coaches,” Jones said, “and seeing the players’ dorms and the stadium.”

In addition to Clemson, Jones said Miami and Georgia are recruiting him the hardest at this time.

Jones, who runs a 4.8 40-yard dash, is rated by 247Sports as the No. 10 prospect in Florida, the nation’s No. 3 outside linebacker and the nation’s No. 52 prospect overall in the class of 2019.

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