FSU head coach Mike Norvell and his staff have been and are playing host to several dozen high school prospects this week during a week long Quiet Period that runs from July 25 through the end of the month. However, one prospect and his father may stand out to Seminole fans more than the others.
For the second time in two months defensive end prospect Marvin Jones Jr. was on-campus for an unofficial visit with FSU but this time he was accompanied by his famous father, Marvin Jones Sr., arguably the greatest linebacker in FSU and college football history.
The father and son duo spent the better part of 48 hours in Tallahassee, arriving on Sunday and wrapping up their meetings with Norvell, defensive coordinator Adam Fuller and other members of the FSU staff on Tuesday. And much like his visit to FSU in June, the younger Jones enjoyed his time in Tallahassee.
“It’s been amazing as always,” said Jones Jr of the visit. “Talking to the players and coaches, it’s just been fun as always.”
Jones Jr. explained his decision to take this unofficial visit to Florida State before the end of the summer and beginning of fall camp at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage High School.
“I know my dad wanted to come back and I had some questions that still needed to be asked since last time,” said Jones Jr.
Jones Jr., who is ranked as the seventh-best defensive end prospect in the class of 2022 , said the questions he wanted answered revolved around the playbook and how he fits into the scheme. Did he walk away satisfied with what he learned?
“I definitely did,” said Jones Jr. “I think I could fit in this defense really good.”
The extended visit gave the younger Jones a chance to learn more about the town Tallahassee is and the older Jones a chance to catch up with some of his former teammates. One of his father’s former teammates he got a chance to meet was Kirk Carruthers, who lined up next to Jones Sr. at linebacker during their time at FSU.
“I saw a little bit more of the city this time and got to hang out with my dad’s former teammates,” said Jones Jr. “Their stories have been pretty cool. I saw Kirk … he’s crazy.”
Despite having a father who had a legendary career at FSU and a mother who holds a degree from Miami, Jones Jr. says he hasn’t felt pressure from either of his parents to sign with their school.
“(My parents) don’t try to sway me anywhere, believe it or not, but they support me in whatever I want to do and wherever I want to go,” Jones Jr. said. “So wherever fits me best is where I want to be.”
Jones Jr. also spoke on his relationship with the entire staff at FSU that has recruited him relentlessly thus far.
“I’m really comfortable with all the coaches,” said Jones Jr. “From offense to defense, everybody shows me love, so I think they’re in a good spot for me.”
Jones Jr. has made it a priority to get better acquainted with John Papuchis, who would be his position coach if he does sign with FSU this winter.
“We probably speak the most out of any coach at this school (FSU),” said Jones Jr. “We talk about personal stuff, football … I think he could definitely get the job done for me.”
Jones Jr. plans to make his college decision in December unless he “falls in love” with a school before that time.
One of the reasons Jones Jr. and his father spent so much time in Tallahassee is because he has essentially narrowed down his list of potential college homes to six schools. He has already set dates for four of his five NCAA-allowable official visits for this fall. Jones Jr. will visit Ohio State (Sept. 11), Oklahoma (Sept. 25), Alabama (Nov. 6) and then back to Tallahassee on Nov. 13 for the Miami game weekend and said those four schools are the leaders in his recruitment. Jones Jr. indicated that both Florida and Texas A&M are currently working on him hard to secure his last official visit.
However, after this particular trip to FSU, the other aforementioned schools have some ground to make up to keep pace with the job Norvell and his staff are doing recruiting the Seminoles’ legacy and his family.
“Of course, my dad came here, and the amount of love they show me,” said Jones Jr. of where FSU currently stands with him. “I don’t think any school could replicate that.”
Pat Burnham contributed to this story. Player rating and position ranking courtesy of 247Sports.