Offensive lineman will be one of the biggest needs for the Tigers in next year’s class. In December two Clemson coaches stopped by to visit Oliver Jones, one of their top recruiting targets for 2012.
“Coach Napier came with Jeff Scott before the break. I was sorry to see coach Napier leave. I am not sure who will be my recruiter now,” said Jones.
The prize recruit understands coaching changes are part of the business of college football.
“This is college football. I hate it for the guys that I didn’t want to leave. I know that it is also a business,” said Jones.
Oliver continues to rehab his knee which kept him out of action his junior season.
“My rehab is going pretty good. I am still on crutches,” said Jones.
The two in-state schools remain the only offers, but expect that to change as coaches turn their focus to the 2012 class.
“Clemson and South Carolina are my offers right now,” said Jones.
When asked if he has a leader, Jones responded, “Not really. Clemson has a little edge right now”.
The timing for a decision may be changing for the top lineman.
“I am not sure. I was going to make my decision early, but since I didn’t play this past season I may want to wait. I don’t have any film from last year for teams to look at. I don’t know if I will still decide early anymore,” said Jones.
The Palmetto standout plans to attend several junior days in the next month.
“I am planning to go to junior days at both Clemson and South Carolina,” said Jones.