By Keith McGonigle.
The Tigers picked up another verbal commitment on Monday from Patrick Destefano, the second offensive lineman to verbally commit to the Tigers. Even with the two early verbal commitments, all signs point to the fact that the Clemson staff would like to add a few more offensive lineman before it is all said and done. Oliver Jones, the Ninety Six High School has been a top target for some time now.
Jones holds offers from Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, NC State and ECU, what are his favorites?
“The five that have offered are my five favorite,” said Jones. “Right now I am just trying to get a good feel for all of them.”
What is one thing that stands out about each school?
“Well Clemson and South Carolina offered first so they stand out. I have only visited North Carolina once but they have a great atmosphere and school. I still need to visit ECU but they have a good program. NC State is a good ACC school with good tradition,” said Jones.
The Clemson coaching staff has been frequent visitors at Ninety Six High School.
“Coach Harbison came by 3 weeks ago and coach Morrison and Caldwell came by last week. Coach Harbinson came and watched me workout and Coach Morris and Caldwell just stopped by in the middle of the day to say ‘hi’.”
Jones that the five schools he is looking at are similar in many ways, but his decision will ultimately come down to comfort level.
“The most important thing is going somewhere I feel comfortable. A place I can see myself at for 4-5 years,” said Jones. “If you can’t see yourself there then it’s not worth considering. I want it to be like my home.”
The standout tackle says he hopes to come to a decision by September or before his football season, currently he is working on rehabbing a leg injury.
“Right now I am rehabbing from my torn my ACL and broken femur. Everything is going really well actually, I have been able to make some lateral movements. I am almost back to being able to do everything, I don’t know a percent but I feel good,” said Jones.