College Football Recruitment: Top 10 Prospects Marvin Jones, Jr. discuss timeline of engagements, trips to Georgia Bulldogs and Oklahoma Sooners
Defend the Florida State Champion Program Class 5A Plantation (Florida) American Heritage High School has retained many talents from the 2020 program, and Marvin Jones Jr. ranks highest in the group as the No. 8 prospect in the country.
The defensive end, son of former NFL and Florida State linebacker Marvin Jones, has racked up more than 30 scholarship offers as a senior in the recruiting class of 2022. and as he navigates the process, fall visits to competing programs must play a primary role.
Jones was in Georgia this weekend for his dominant win over Kentucky and met Kirby Smart before leaving.
“Athens is a great place, from what I’ve seen,” he said Illustrated sports. “The team is a bunch of dogs, they work really hard. I met Coach (Dan) Lanning and Trainer Smart before I left. They let me know there were a lot of guys out there. were leaving, I think four, at the station. Basically, they really need me, honestly.
“It means a lot from the number one team, the number one defense of the country, that they want me to help them maintain this.”
The trip was an unofficial tour, built around the match day experience in Georgia. Last month, Jones made his first official visit, several days on campus for the dime of the program, in Oklahoma. The Sooners edged West Virginia with the coveted campus pass runner.
“It was really an amazing experience, I loved the experience of the game and the fans with the passion they have for their team,” he said. “I got to see the city, meet the players, talk to them before and after the game. Everything went well in Oklahoma. Watching them win the game was probably the best part.”
Recruitment arguments vary based on winner status, location, or any connection the coaching staff has or builds with a prime target. For the OR angle, the top defenseman on the list just happens to be from the same county, Broward, as his potential replacement.
“Seeing what a guy like Nik Bonitto did up there stands out,” Jones said. “Give him a chance to go to the NFL… we come from the same place and I feel like if I go I can play his position very well. We went out after the game, he was showing me in. somehow He wasn’t overly arrogant, he wants me to look at my options. ”
The list goes on for Jones, who will pay an official visit to Ohio State next weekend around the Penn State contest. Alabama gets its chance the following weekend with LSU in town and the State of Florida welcomes it with rival Miami, another contender on the roster, in Tallahassee.
The newest blue blood targeting seniors is another from the ACC, Clemson. Tiger staff offered in mid-September.
“It’s definitely a school that has always interested me, so it’s cool to finally have the offer,” he said. “They have a long history of being a guy in the NFL so I can’t wait to get on there.”
In explaining why the group of schools seeking his signing exists, Jones cites position development and the chance to reach the NFL as the top priorities for most. The project and the territory are also the subject of in-depth reflection before a decision is made, again emphasizing the importance of each trip.
Winning on Saturday has been common for many looking for Jones’ engagement, but it’s not black and white, he says. Florida State and Miami, in particular, have been on the court but remain pointed in the right direction at his position.
“The teams are going to lose, it happens,” he said. “But seeing a team not trying to change things or with a losing attitude, that’s not where you want to be. Sometimes they go through phases of rebuilding, changes of coach.
“Florida State, their defense really allows the defensive ends to shine and make plays. You see Jermaine Johnson, leading the nation in the sacks. They put their D line in position to make plays. Miami did a good job. in developing guys, Coach (Jess) Simpson did a great job. These things keep these teams alive for me. ”
After the challenge of recruiting visits, a decision should be made around the early signing period, which will open on December 15.
Jones, who could graduate from high school before the end of the year, will lead America Heritage against Boynton Beach, Fla. High School on Friday night.