Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute defensive lineman Jarron Jones was once verbally committed to Penn State, but he reopened things over the summer and is still weighing his options. At 6-foot-7, 308-pounds the big defensive tackle looks more like an NFL starter than an incoming senior, so it is not surprising that many teams are still heavily pursuing him.
How is recruiting going for the four-star lineman?
"Everything is going well, I got a chance to visit Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and North Carolina over the summer," said Jones. "They all had great environments and were pretty much the same, but Notre Dame was a little more prestigious and historic than the others."
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Coming out of the summer, Jones has started to formulate a list of top schools.
"My top five are, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Penn State," said Jones. "They are all equal."
Jones gave some insight on each of these five schools.
Virginia Tech: "It is a quiet environment with a great community; has a great academics center, and great coaches and player."
Louisville: "I have been talking with Coach Hurtt a lot. They have a great coaching staff but that's all I really know so far. I plan on visiting this fall"
Notre Dame: "A small school with great academics, and very prestigious."
North Carolina: "Great facilities and very good environment. I love the environment off the campus too like the places to eat and shop. I liked their coaches, but right now I am just waiting to see who they hire."
Penn State: "Just a great place to be. Amazing coaches, they are real down to earth, and talk to me about everything. They want to bring out the best in me."
Jones say he is planning to take officials over the fall to all five schools and is working on scheduling them now.
What factors will help determine his decision?
"I want to go to a place I can be as successful as possible, graduate, and a place with a great environment," said Jones, who mentioned that distance from home may also play a small factor.
Jones, who is rated the 67th player in the nation regardless of position, had 68 tackles, 14 for loss, and seven sacks last year. His goal for the season is to get better every day and help his team defend last year's state championship.