Class of 2022 DE prospect Marvin Jones Jr. is inching closer to national signing day, where he will have a laundry list of schools to choose from across the country. The Osceola caught up with the four-star Fort Lauderdale American Heritage (Fla.) product in Jacksonville last Friday night, following a loss to Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy.
“Right now, I’m focusing on schools that I have official (visits) to,” Jones Jr. said of his recruitment. “There’s a few others I’m talking to, of course, but I’m really taking it slow. I haven’t visited in like two weeks, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Jones Jr. has taken only one official visit thus far — a Sept. 25 trip to Oklahoma but is scheduled to officially visit Ohio State (Oct. 30), Alabama (Nov. 6), Florida State (Nov. 13) and plans to unofficially visit Clemson as well. Jones Jr. explained what he will be looking for on his official visit to Florida State in particular.
“The city, so I definitely want to be able to see the gameday atmosphere,” said Jones Jr. “Really, that’s my biggest thing, especially versus a team like Miami, the type of attitude the team has versus a rival like that.”
Jones Jr. last made an unofficial visit to FSU with his dad in July.
Outside of a weekend visit, Jones Jr. listed what he values most when choosing a program.
“How I fit in the defense, how well the school develops players, and whether I could live there without football are my three biggest things,” said Jones Jr.
He did not list winning as something he values most, but with the option of Florida State remaining an outlier among a handful of the nation’s strongest programs, the question begs to be asked: How much does Jones Jr. value playing for a team that is winning right now?
“Obviously, you always want to play for a winning team,” said Jones Jr. “Production matters more. I mean, I don’t really put too much emphasis on it. If you win, you win. I’m just trying to find the best school to develop me into the best that I can be.”
Though Florida State is struggling on the field in the first half of the 2021 season, Jones Jr. offered his impression of the team and staff that is recruiting him at FSU.
“I think the D-line is doing an amazing job,” said Jones Jr. “They’re recruiting me extremely hard and showing a lot of love, so if I feel like that’s the place to go, then so be it.”
Jones Jr. has posted some highlights from this season on his Hudl page.