Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) rising senior Jarontay Jones has visited Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt so far. The 6-3, 240-pound defensive end, who has been offered by all of those schools and more (he has over 30 offers), will begin his next round of visits in early June. First up is Virginia Tech.
Jones will be in Blacksburg on June 4, Virginia Tech’s first one-day camp of 2011.
“I’m not competing. I’m just going up there to talk to the coaches and look at the campus,” said Jones, who plans to arrive on Friday (June 3).
Virginia Tech’s defensive success is one reason why the 2010 5A first-team all-state selection wants to make the trip up to Blacksburg next month.
“Virginia Tech is a great school,” Jones said. “Year in and year out, they have one of the top defenses in the nation. I’d be part of something good right there.”
There is no timetable for when Jones will make a commitment. He believes he may have to make some officials before being ready to do so, although that is not a certainty.
“Right now I don’t think I’m anywhere close [to making a commitment], but I’m planning on taking a lot of visits [this spring and summer]. Virginia Tech will be the first one,” Jones said. Auburn and Florida were the two early favorites before he decided to re-open his recruitment.
Besides Virginia Tech, South Carolina is a definite on the defensive end’s schedule. Nothing else has been scheduled, but Michigan is a possibility as well this summer. When taking visits, Jones is anxious to learn more about the prospects of early playing time at each school.
“One of the key elements I’m considering is definitely early playing time,” Jones said. “I want to go in and get a chance to compete for playing time right away. Wherever I think I can help with my passing rushing ability.”
Jones’ production — he had 90 tackles with 24 tackles for loss and 16 sacks in 2010 — against a high level of competition speaks to his ability on the gridiron. Stephenson assistant coach Corey Johnson adds that the standout rising senior “is a good kid with a good head on his shoulders.”