Four-star athlete Gerald Jones took his first official visit of the season this past weekend to Texas Tech. The Oklahoma City (Okla.) Millwood prospect enjoyed his time in Lubbock.
"Everything about the visit was cool," he said. "I was able to see the game and they played well. I met some of the coaches who were cool and it was just a good visit.
"I got up there on Saturday morning and as soon as I got there I had lunch. After that, I went to the stadium and checked out the academic facilities. I also was able to go down on the field when the team was warming up. Once the game was over, I hung out with a couple players in Brandon Williams and Laron Moore. They were cool and down-to-earth people. They told me all about the staff and how much they respect the coaches. It was good to hear from the players."
Though the Red Raiders didn't come out with the victory over the No. 5 Longhorns, Jones was impressed by the game.
"The game was good and Texas Tech played great," he said. "They had Texas down until the end of the third quarter. I didn't expect them to win since they are pretty young, but it was good to see they had a chance.
"They are recruiting me to play running back and wide receiver. I saw that they only have two running backs and passed the ball a lot. That's a plus for me because they running back and receivers got a lot of touches. As for the atmosphere, the fans there were crazy. They never sit down and support their players."
Before leaving Lubbock on Sunday, the Rivals250 prospect sat down with the coaches.
"I got to talk to most of the staff including Mike Leach," he said. "It was really cool talking to him. I thought he was all uptight, but when I first met him he showed me a card trick and had a good sense of humor. I liked his personality because he was a cool guy."
The visit to Texas Tech for Jones was perfect.
"I'd rate the trip a 10," he said. "Everything went right and I got every question I had answered even without asking. It was really cool.
"I'd say of course they are the leader now since I found out more about them. Now I've got to see what other schools have to offer."
Next up for Jones is a trip to Tennessee this weekend.
"I just want to see the atmosphere there," he said. "I'd like to get to know the coaches and look at everything they have. I want to see if it's like Tech and if they care about me as a student and person and not just a player."