By Keith McGonigle.
After landing some of the top recruits in the country in the 2011 class, the Clemson coaching staff is hoping to find similar success this year with big name recruits. Stephenson High School (GA), standout defensive end Jarontay Jones has received offers from around the country and has enjoyed the recruiting process so far.
“It’s been great; I have received so much love from everyone. I think I just got my 20th scholarship offer yesterday,” said Jones.
Who is pursuing the 6’3” 240 lbs. defensive end the hardest?
“I have to say Auburn, Florida, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Virginia Tech,” replied Jones.
How does the star defensive lineman plan on narrowing down his list of schools?
“I’m going to take a lot of visits to help me cut down schools. I have already been taking visits, and I am actually planning on visiting Clemson with my teammates either next weekend or the one after that. The Clemson coaches have told me they really want to get me down there to see the campus and take a tour,” said Jones.
What has Jones heard about Clemson?
“I’ve heard so much about the great facilities, great campus, and great food. How good their d-line has been and how they have been able to put guys in the NFL over the last few years including, Da’Quan Bowers this year, he is going to be a great one.”
What is the biggest factor when looking at the 20+ schools he has to choose from?
“Most important thing I’d have to say is the depth chart. I really want to come in and compete early for a starting position. My plan is to come in a semester early in January,” said Jones.
The standout defensive end put up 90 tackles, 24 for loss, 16 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries last year, yet he was not satisfied.
“I definitely want to get more sacks next year, I am trying to get at least 20 sacks.”
What Jones think are his biggest strengths and weaknesses?
“I would say my biggest strength is my speed off the edge, and my explosiveness off the ball,” said Jones. “I don’t know if I have a glaring weakness, but I am trying to work on everything.”
One thing that Jones is working on is his speed. Jones says he ran a 4.7 the last time he ran a 40 yard dash, but has been running track and working on his speed so he should see improvement to the already fast time.