Mikel Jones was in his free period at Champagnat Catholic High School in Hialeah, Fla., on Wednesday when he pulled out his iPad, got on Twitter and saw something he had only dreamed of before — that he was offered by Clemson.
It was a surreal moment for the 2019 defensive end.
“I saw that my position coach posted something about the offer, and I was in complete shock,” Jones told The Clemson Insider. “It seemed unreal because Clemson is one of my favorite schools.”
One of the reasons Jones holds Clemson in high regard is that his family is originally from South Carolina, and he has paid close attention to the Tigers over the years.
“I like that Clemson is close to my family’s home town,” Jones said. “I always loved watching Clemson football, and being a part of it seemed impossible until today.”
The spring has been fruitful for Jones, who has collected two of his three Division I offers this month. Iowa State offered on May 5 following his initial two offers from Temple on Jan. 25 and Southern University on Feb. 18.
As a freshman in 2015, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder logged 12 sacks, 76 tackles, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Jones believes Clemson’s coaching staff is enticed by his raw and projectable abilities at only 15 years old.
“I think the coaches like my speed and strength for my age,” Jones said. “I run a 4.8 (40-yard dash), and I bench press 250 right now. I can get speedy on the outside at defensive end, but I can also power my way through at defensive tackle.”
Jones has never set foot on Clemson’s campus before, but a visit appears virtually inevitable now.
“I have been near Clemson before when I was traveling in North Carolina to a family member’s house,” Jones said. “I hope to visit plenty more times.”
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