Clemson leaves impression on top Virginia DL

Clemson leaves impression on top Virginia DL


Clemson leaves impression on top Virginia DL

Several of the state of Virginia’s top 2019 prospects visited Clemson last Saturday for the program’s elite junior day.

Among them was Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan defensive tackle Adarious Jones (pictured right).

“It was my first time visiting Clemson. I enjoyed it a lot,” Jones told TCI. “What stood out is how they prepare you for more than football.”

Jones (6-3, 275) is ranked as a top-10 prospect in Virginia for the 2019 class regardless of position. Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Rutgers and FAU have all offered, while Clemson and South Carolina are among the other schools expressing interest.

Clemson defensive tackles coach Todd Bates spent time with Jones during the visit.

“I probably talked to coach Bates the most,” Jones said. “Just about how he liked my film, and what Clemson can offer me, and offer me a better future.”

Bates and Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables were expected to check up on Jones at his school Wednesday.

Jones said the Tigers are intrigued by his skillset from the defensive tackle spot.

“They like how I get off the ball,” he said. “For my size, I have quick feet, and I know their defense flies to the ball.”

Jones left Clemson impressed by the atmosphere, school, program and facilities.

After seeing what Clemson has to offer, Jones is hoping to eventually earn an offer from the Tigers.

“The visit definitely has me feeling good about Clemson,” he said. “It would mean a lot. They don’t offer everyone.”

Jones has upcoming visits planned for Wake Forest, Rutgers and Temple. He is ranked as the top 2019 defensive tackle in Virginia per Rivals.

Jones is teammates at Bishop Sullivan with 2019 four-star cornerback Sheridan Jones, who also attended Clemson’s elite junior day.


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