With good combination of size, speed and play-making ability, Memphis (Tenn.) East defensive back Cedric Jones has already earned his fair share of offers. But he's hoping that a few more are on the way.
Jones was in Oxford, Miss. on Saturday with several of his high school teammates, including defensive tackle Herbert Moore, an Ole Miss commit. He came away impressed, and hoping to hear from the Rebels again soon.
"I talked with Coach (Wesley) McGriff (co-defensive coordinator) and he showed me around and talked about what he's looking for," Jones said. "He said they're looking for taller corners to go against bigger wide receivers and he said he really liked that I have the speed to cover shorter guys but the size to handle bigger guys, too."
Jones is listed at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, but most schools believe he can add some more weight without jeopardizing his speed.
"I think I'm still growing and the coaches have told me they think I can still player corner at about 200 pounds," Jones said.
As of now, Jones has offers from Arkansas State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Kent State, Ohio, Rice, Toledo and Western Kentucky. He's also been in regular contact with the Ole Miss and Clemson coaching staffs.
Because of youth in the secondary on East's squad, Jones has had to move around, playing more safety than his desired position of cornerback.
"It's tough because we two freshman and a junior back there with me," he said. "I'm the leader of the group and I just try to help the guys get better."
As far as when he's planning to take more visits, Jones said he's considering a visit to Toledo for this weekend's game against Cincinnati, but other than that, he's keeping his options open.
"I'm trying to finish the season and then narrow it down to five schools and see how it goes," Jones said. "If I get some more offers that could change things but I want to see what's the best fit for me."