It didn't take long for teams to learn about one of the nation's top defensive tackle prospects for the class of 2007. El Paso (Texas) Andress defensive tackle Andre Jones, a member of the Rivals.com Class of 2007 100 to watch, is already picking up offers, and it looks like that list is about to grow even larger soon.
Coaches from Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech have all been by the school with Notre Dame planning to make an appearance for spring practice. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound tackle has also picked up two offers from UTEP and New Mexico State.
Two teams have emerged as leaders.
"Texas and Notre Dame are probably my two favorites," Jones said. "Texas, that's just a good school to go to not only for football, but for an education. The facilities, the coaches, everything is great there. I have family in the area around Notre Dame, so that would be a place away from home but with people I knew there."
"It's another school with a good education and it's a good overall program."
The mail has been pouring in from not only those big programs but others like Miami, UCLA, Tennessee, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Florida State, and Florida.
However, if the Irish or Longhorns come through with an offer, Jones says that it may be over soon to concentrate on the season.
"If Texas offers, or say Notre Dame does, I may just get it over with," Jones said about an early decision. "I've told my teammates that it's about them. I'll either get it done early or I won't focus on recruiting until after my senior season. That will be it for me."
One main goal on his mind is to be the best. That competitive nature is a big part of the reason he is so highly regarded by colleges from coast to coast.
"As far as going to the next level, I'm trying to be the best defensive lineman," Jones said. "I want it more than anybody. I want it more than any defensive tackle in the nation. That's one thing I know for sure and that I pride myself on."