Jairus Jones is one of the top athletes from the state of Florida. Jones, 6-2 and 210 pounds, did it all for Tampa (Fla.) Wharton High School. This season he played safety, linebacker, running back, wide receiver and returned kicks and punts. He finished with 188 tackles and four interceptions on defense. Offensively he caught 40 passes for over 800 yards. He caught 12 touchdown passes and scored eight times on the ground. All the while he played with a knee injury sustained right before the season started.
"I actually hurt my knee in a scrimmage before the season," Jones said. "It lingered all year so I just played on it. I still had a good season but I wonder what kind of numbers I could have put up had I been healthy."
Jones also played in the Florida North-South All-Star Game in Sebring, Fla., back on December 23rd. In that game he played both safety positions as well as linebacker.
"I had a lot of fun playing in that game. I made some friends and I know I will be bumping into those guys in college."
Jones took his first official visit this weekend. He traveled to Elon.
"It's real nice up here. This is an up and coming program. They are like a phoenix rising from the ashes. My brother (Josh) is a red-shirt freshman linebacker there. We are real close."
Elon will be battling the Spartans, Cowboys and Hawkeyes for Jones. Perhaps even Syracuse. Jones will visit Michigan State (1-16), Iowa (1-23) and Oklahoma State (1-30) in the coming weeks.
"I want to wait on my decision until after visits. I guess I will announce on Signing Day. It's just those four schools right now but some schools like Syracuse are jumping at me. I may take a visit mid-week to Syracuse."