By Ashley Denny.
NINETY-SIX, SC- According to Ninety Six High School’s offensive line coach, Chris Seaborn, the last Division 1 prospect to come out of Ninety Six was in the early 1990’s, so when offensive lineman Oliver Jones came to the program, Seaborn and the rest of Ninety Six’s coaches knew he was something special.
TCI had a chance to sit down with Seaborn and learn about Jones and what type of person he was on and off the field.
“On the field Jones is very competitive with himself, amongst his teammates, and to get things right,” Seaborn said. “He’s also a very big leader, a voice that’s listened to and he responds very well to that.”
Off the field, Seaborn calls Jones a “very level headed young man” and he believes a lot of that comes from his upbringing and how well he was raised.
Seaborn believes that Jones’s work ethic is what is getting him noticed by several schools and not his size. Although Jones is 6-6, 284 pounds, he has had to work hard to continue to improve his game which has impressed Seaborn and colleges as well.
TCI also had a chance to speak with Jones about how his recruiting process is going so far and what he’s looking for when he visits colleges.
“I’m loving the process so far,” Jones said. “I’ve gotten offers from Clemson and USC so far but I’ve received a lot of interest from Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.”
Jones has visited Clemson on several occasions and when asked what about Clemson stands out to him, he feels the small town feel is what keeps him going back.
“Clemson is a lot like Ninety Six,” Jones said. “And I love Ninety Six and small town environments where everyone knows everyone else.”
And Jones’s thoughts on Clemson new Offensive Line Coach Robbie Caldwell?
“I like Coach Caldwell a lot,” Jones said. “I’ve met him three times and I really like him a lot, he’s a great guy, a funny guy”
Jones, who attended one of Clemson’s practices earlier this week, is excited about Offensive Coordinator Chad Morris’s new offense.
“I really like the up tempo offense,” Jones said. “We play an offense like that in spurts at Ninety Six, but right now I can’t imagine playing like that the whole game but think it would be fun.”
As for when he’ll make his decision?
“I want to make my decision during the summer before my senior season,” Jones said. “I don’t want to carry that thought with me during the season because Ninety Six football is the most important thing on my mind right now, so I want to be able to focus solely on that and hopefully winning the State Title.”