Silsbee, Texas, has been a stop that has produced talented players over the past 10 years, and it looks like the tiny town just north of Beaumont is poised to put out another big-time prospect. This time the future star is defensive lineman Ahmad Jones, a 6-foot-2, 319-pounder that did great at this past weekend's NIKE Training Camp at Texas A&M.
Jones was one of the top defensive linemen at the camp and after watching him go at it, it's easy to see why teams like LSU, Nebraska, Houston and Oklahoma State have already offered him a scholarship.
"I've been hearing from LSU, Nebraska, Kansas State, Ohio State, Florida and Houston," he said. "Florida told me they were coming down next week and they were going to meet me before they offered me a scholarship.
"My two favorite right now are LSU and Oklahoma State. They're both close to home and stuff so my parents can come see me play. I like the communities at both of those schools, too. At Oklahoma State it is a real small, like an old country town, and that's kind of what I'm used to."
Jones said Oklahoma State is already on his mind for an official visit. He plans to visit LSU this weekend on an unofficial visit.
"I'm probably going to LSU here this weekend," he said. "They want me to come down there and see everything so I'll probably do that. I'm going to a lot of one day camps this summer, but I haven't decided which camps they will be yet. I know it will probably be LSU, because they've asked to me to go to theirs.
"I haven't really made any decisions yet. I've been talking about what I'm going to do, but I don't think I'll be making any decisions until my senior year of the football season."
Jones, who earned first team all-district on both sides of the football, has a 5.2-second time in the 40-yard dash and a 2.9 grade-point average. When it comes time for a decision, he's already thought about a few important things.
"The education part is probably the most important part," he said. "That and how good the athletic program is."