March 13, 2012

Offers surprise Jones

Milton (Fla.) wide receiver Isaiah Jones will be the first to admit that his junior statistics are nothing to get all that excited about.

With 35 catches for 500 yards and five touchdowns, Jones joked that he's surprised college recruiters would even give him a second look posting numbers like that.

But as Jones is quickly learning, statistics are probably the last thing coaches consider when evaluating Milton, who at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, is quickly heading up the charts of many a big-time program.

"It's real exciting right now, because I really didn't think it would be like this. It's something new," said Jones, who now counts six offers, including four from the SEC. "I didn't think I had a good junior season, but I guess it's just the little things that I showed that has gotten me noticed."

Georgia is one of the schools holding Jones in high regard.

The Bulldogs recently offered the 2013 target a scholarship. Head coach Mark Richt gave him the news over the phone.

"It was cool," Jones said. "He seems like a good coach and I hear a lot about him; he takes care of his receivers."

Ironically, one of Richt's former players is one Jones holds in very high esteem - former All-SEC and current Cincinnati Bengal A.J. Green.

"Oh yeah, I followed him a lot, actually," Jones said. "He was one of my favorites; still is now."

But as far as a favorite school, Jones' search has only begun.

He did recently spend two weekends checking out Auburn, and besides Georgia, also holds offers from Arkansas and Tennessee. South Carolina and Florida are also keeping close tabs.

"It was a good time," Jones said of his trip to Auburn. "I went and saw all the school, I saw the dorms, weight-room, the practice field, and it was just a fun time. They told me all the things I would be doing if I go there."

He plans on taking other visits soon, although he currently does not have any specific dates in mind.

"For me, the big thing will be the people, the coaches," he said. "If I'm going to go somewhere for four or five years, I'd like to be somewhere that I'd be treated like family, not just there getting by."

Speaking of family, Jones said he's getting plenty of help from his.

His mother and grandparents both accompanied him to Auburn; something Jones said will be a common theme for whatever other schools he visits in the weeks ahead.

"I want them to know what I'm doing and I want them to be comfortable with where I'm at," he said. "If it's not my mom or dad, it will be my grandparents … some family members will be there. I just want them to be a part of it."