Hialeah (Fla.) Mater Academy four-star linebacker Mikel Jones is in the process of planning visits for this offseason.
The Clemson Insider caught up with Jones, one of the top players in the 2019 class, to get the latest.
“I haven’t taken any visits yet,” Jones said, “but my coach and I plan on going to a lot of schools this summer.”
Is a first trip to Clemson in his plans?
“Yes, for sure,” he said.
Jones is one of the few 2019 prospects to hold an offer from Clemson. The Tigers were first to offer him back in May 2016 following his breakout freshman season, when he recorded 76 tackles, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries en route to second-team All-Dade County honors.
The No. 3 outside linebacker and No. 52 overall prospect in his class according to 247Sports owns other early offers from Georgia, Iowa State, Ohio State, Syracuse, Temple, Utah and West Virginia.
He named Clemson among the schools showing the most interest.
“Clemson, Georgia and UM (Miami),” Jones said.
“They stay in contact with my coach,” he added of Clemson.
There is a lot Jones wants to see when he visits Clemson for the first time, including the recently completed football operations facility.
“Everything,” Jones said of what he is looking forward to about the future visit, “but mostly the new facilities and the players’ dorms.”
Jones is glad the Tigers won the 2016 national championship last month.
“I was happy they won and I still am,” he said. “They truly deserved it.”
When he announced his offer from Clemson via Twitter last May, Jones called Clemson “one of my dream schools”.
He has long liked Georgia, as well, and received his latest offer from the Bulldogs on Feb. 1.
So, it’s no surprise the two schools are in good standing with him early on.
“UGA and Clemson,” Jones said when asked which schools are standing out to him right now.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is rated by 247 as the No. 12 prospect in Florida.