ANAHEIM, Calif. - Though all of the talk this week about the Florida team defense at the Air 7 CaliFlorida Bowl has been about the powerful defensive line and the cornerback play. Tampa Rivals250 outside linebacker A.J. Jones has been quietly performing extremely well and drawing the praise of the coaches on his own.
Jones, a four-star prospect rated as the No. 11 outside linebacker in the country, has been extremely hard for the offense to escape from in the practice sessions leading up to Saturday's CaliFlorida Bowl. On a very vocal defense, Jones has been a silent solid performer from the first moment of practice to the final whistle.
"We're getting closer by the day, we're learning, and coming together as a team," Jones said. "I just want to get my job done out here and do what I can. I'm kind of already known but I think people are going to see even more what I can do out here."
Jones' is also in the middle of a very hefty recruiting process. Alabama, Florida, LSU, Southern Cal, Ohio State, and South Carolina are just a few of his offers that he has to choose from. Right now four schools are sticking out.
"I'm very open, but I do like Florida, LSU, Alabama, and Ohio State quite a bit," Jones said. "Those four are just great programs and I just like the way they perform. I've got some more visits though to Ohio State on Jan. 6, Florida on Jan. 20, and LSU on Jan. 27."
These visits may hold more importance than for other prospects. While he would like to make his decision after all trips are completed, things could happen and he could be done after a perfect journey.
"It will probably be Signing Day, but man if it hits me on a visit, then I might just commit then," Jones said. "If I have to go all the way though, I'll do it."
Jones is rated as the No. 16 overall prospect in Florida.