Miami (Fla.) Northwestern defensive lineman Benjamin Jones is still sidelined with an injury that forced him to miss his entire junior year and spring practice this year. The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder has seen his recruitment pick up despite the injury keeping him off the field.
"They want me to sit out spring," Jones said. "But I will be back in the fall. It's my last year and I want to finish it with a bang. A lot of people have big expectations and have a lot questions marks about my ability."
Despite those question marks, recruiting has gone well.
"Recruiting has been good," he said. "I talked to Ole Miss today and I've talked to Arkansas. I'm also hearing from Miami, South Carolina, LSU and Alabama."
Currently, there are two schools that stand out to Jones, though he remains open.
"I like LSU and Miami," he said
Earl Lane is recruiting Jones for the Tigers.
"He seems like a great coach," Jones said. "He said it's great up there and they've got a good team."
Jones hopes to make an official visit to LSU.
Clint Hurtt is recruiting Jones for UM, which has verbally offered.
"Miami is nice," he said. "It's right here at home. I don't have that far to go for family and friends to come and see me play, stuff like that. I grew up a Miami fan. I like Miami but I'm not going to make a decision right now. I'm going to wait until on or around Signing Day."
Jones added that South Carolina and Alabama also could get official visits. Robert Gillespie is recruiting for the Gamecocks while Lance Thompson is recruiting for the Crimson Tide.
Jones is looking for several things in a program.
"I am looking at the surroundings," he said. "I want to see if I am uncomfortable with soundings and the people there."