Spartanburg (S.C.) Broome athlete Markish Jones was expected to make an official visit to East Carolina this past weekend. The 6-foot-0, 183-pounder instead took an unofficial to Tennessee.
"My trip there went great," he said. "It was the homecoming game and rained a lot. Overall I thought the game was a real good one against Marshall, especially in the first half. Marshall kept it close and then in the second half Tennessee opened it up. I was impressed with the offense because despite it raining, they still were throwing to their receivers a lot.
"I kind of fell in love with Tennessee on my visit, the wide receivers told me I'd be a great fit because they have a lot of physical receivers. I really just liked the whole environment in Knoxville. The fans are really dedicated to their team and even though it rained hard the stadium still had at least 80-90,000 people in it."
While in Knoxville, the three-star prospect was able to talk with Phillip Fulmer and the rest of the Volunteer staff.
"He basically told me that they haven't offered yet, but one would be coming very soon," he stated. "They want me to come back for an official visit sometime in December or January. I think more than likely I will do that."
Despite having a good trip to Knoxville, Jones still has Clemson and Florida State on top.
"It's early and I'd say they are my top choices, but all the schools are pretty even for me and I'm looking all over."
In the meantime, Florida State holds the only official visit date with the No. 48 athlete in the country so far on November 24th.
"I'm thinking I may take an official to Maryland," he said. "I've got to call their staff back this week."
On the season, Jones has excelled especially in Broome's most recent victory over Southside.
"We won 59-0 and I only played in about a quarter and a half," he said. "I finished the game with six catches for 195-yards and three touchdowns. I also had three pass breakups and an interception."