SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Clemson has had its top receiver target committed for well over a year now. Marquan Jones, who only lost one high school game while rolling up some big-time numbers, has continued to showcase his immense upside throughout Shrine Bowl week.
"It's an honor first I want to start off, first and foremost, it's an honor," Jones told Tigerillustrated.com Monday afternoon following the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas workout session. "It just is a lot of fun. Competition out there is the best so we should be able to make plays. We just have to step up to a whole new level. We've got the great guys out there so we are going to be able to make the great plays with the talent we have."
What's the 6-foot, 173-pound four-star recruit think about his future teammates in the game?
Brandon Ford – "He's a jumper. He can catch the ball when it's in the air. That's probably the most exciting thing is somebody jumping over somebody else to catch the ball."
Daquan Bowers – "He's strong on the inside and very quick. He's fast and a future Tiger. It's good to be with him. He's just strong and a beast."
Andre Ellington – "He's got the quick feet. He's real good. He's got the jukes going on and if he gets some blocking he'll be able to break one. He's good guy with the quick feet."
Who is trying to help lure to Tiger Town? And could Jones along with four star guards Kenneth Page and Dalton Freeman make it a clean sweep of the three top players out of the Columbia area for Tiger assistant coach Brad Scott and Clemson?
"Yeah, I've been talking to Kenneth Page a lot and I talked to Dalton and he told me something that was pretty impressive," the Rivals250 member shared. "So yeah I've been talking to those guys. They are good characters and hopefully they are going to come along and be a Tiger with me."
What does he think of the class so far?
"Outstanding, one word, outstanding," the nation's No. 34 wide receiver entailed.
Also, what lies about for the blue chip pass catcher?
"January 11 I'm going to take my official visit and that Monday I'm going to stay and enroll that weekend," the No. 7 prospect in the state of South Carolina, according to Rivals.com, indicated.
Any hopes for the spring?
"I just want to get better," he said. "I just want to get bigger, strong and faster, that's all. (Wide receivers) coach (Dabo) Swinney hasn't talked about playing at all yet. He's a good guy and stays under the rules and stuff so we'll just see when I get there."
This week the outstanding pass catcher will play in an attack similar to the one he shined in on the prep level.
"I've been in this offense for a while now so it feels very comfortable," the touted senior pointed out. "We'll see how it works. It feels very comfortable. We'll see how we execute."
As a junior, Jones had 92 catches, and 1,551 yards averaging 16.9 yards per reception, and 21 touchdowns helping Blythewood win the 3-A state championship in the school's first year fielding a varsity football team.