Athlete, Class of 2022
Germantown High School, Germantown, TN
The week has been a bit frenetic for Germantown (Tenn.) four-star athlete Kody Jones. It’s been football-related, but not because of a big game.
Jones and his teammates are currently awaiting word next Tuesday from local school and political officials of whether they’ll be allowed to play at all this fall. While that has brought on enough stress in itself, Jones’ recruitment has also been a handful to keep up with.
Last Tuesday marked the beginning of the open contact period for college coaches to members of the 2022 recruiting class. Jones was the target for dozens of coaches over the past few days. He added a few scholarship offers, gained insight from coaches, and continued to weed through his options, which now totals 21 offers. But for now, it’s all simply more for Jones to take in, with no real timeline in mind.
“It’s been crazy,” he said. “My phone hasn’t stopped. I just got a lot of mail (Thursday) from schools showing interest. I just got two offers (Wednesday) night, from Mississippi State and Oklahoma State. I’m overwhelmed. I was expecting a big Sept. 1, but it’s still going. (Thursday), Alabama hit me up, which opened my eyes for real.”
Jones, though, said he’s not making any quick judgments.
“It’s still too early,” he said. “I’m not trying to rush it right now. I don’t think I’ve gotten to the point of liking some schools. I’m still trying to figure everybody out. A couple of schools that have been recruiting me for a while are Florida State, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. They’ve been on me real hard and [have] been recruiting me for a while.”
The Hokies offered Jones, Rivals.com’s No. 14 safety and No. 10 player in Tennessee for 2022, a scholarship in mid-April. He’d stayed in touch since then, and the Virginia Tech staff reached out in multiple forms this week.
“It’s a good program, and I talk to them a lot, the head coach, the running backs coach and the corners coach, Coach Lecht (Adam Lechtenberg) and Coach (Ryan) Smith,” Jones said. “They FaceTime me, show me the facilities. The new Virginia Tech, it looks amazing. It really opened my eyes. Maybe because I hadn’t seen campus, but when I did it opened my eyes. The relationship I’m building with the coaches, it’s bright, that’s what I’ll say.”
Jones said he likes the conversations he’s had with both Lechtenberg and Smith, but it also added a bit more hearing a few specific points this week from coach Justin Fuente.
Jones said he also believes he’s a high priority for Florida State. Conversations and other forms of communication with the Seminoles have them in a top position on his list of suitors.
“ACC, I want to say DBU, but it’s a tradition school,” Jones said. “All the defensive players to come out of that school, Florida State is a great school...
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