Cincinnati is not as strong talent-wise in the class of 2013 as it was in the class of 2012, but the area still boasts plenty of top juniors. One who is seeing his stock rise dramatically in the last month is Cincinnati Northwest linebacker Rasheen Jones, who added an offer from West Virginia on Monday.
"I talked to them after school," Jones said. "Bill Bedenbaugh was just telling me how I would fit into their new scheme and they are very excited to have me come to one of their junior days. "
The offer from West Virginia was Jones' sixth of the process, following previous tenders from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Bowling Green and Ohio.
"I wasn't expecting this at all," Jones said. "[College coaches] are liking how tall I am and my athleticism - how I get to the ball. They are saying I fit into a lot of different schemes."
Jones has been able to meet several of the coaches recruiting him. He attended junior days at Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State and Cincinnati in the last several weeks. His most recent trip was taken to Louisville the weekend of Feb. 25.
"I liked the whole facilities and the whole area," Jones said of Louisville. "Mainly I was with the linebackers coach and a former grad of my high school, Preston Brown. He just said it is full of a lot of great opportunities and teaches you how to be a man in life on and off the field. That really intrigued me."
The weekend prior to his junior day visit to Louisville, Jones attended a junior day at the Cardinal's in-state rival, Kentucky.
"Everything they had was top of the line," Jones said of Kentucky. "The facilities were very nice and updated. The coaches were excited and full of passion about the players and what they stand for. It was very nice and a very quiet-type [campus]."
Jones does not have any further junior day visits scheduled, but he is looking to line up spring game visits with as many of the schools that have offered as possible.