Clemson continues to mine the fertile recruiting territory in Tennessee with a commitment Thursday night from DB Mike Jones Jr. (6-1 210) of Nashville. He attends IMG Academy in Florida and is the son of former Tennessee Titans and NC State defensive end Mike Jones who grew up in Columbia.
Jones Jr. made his decision several hours after attending camp at Clemson earlier in the week then made a few other camp stumps for comparison purposes. But he already had a strong feeling Clemson was the right choice.
“I have known the last couple of days, but I just needed to get home and think about things,” Jones said. “I had a lot of relationships with the staff and the players and the recruits that are going to be going there in the 2017 and 2018 classes. I just knew it was home.”
Jones Jr. said he’s been attending camps at Clemson since he was in the sixth grade and felt very comfortable there and has a good relationship with defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
His other offers include Tennessee, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, NC State, Ole Miss and Kentucky. Last season Jones Jr. had 54 tackles with 10 tackles for loss, three sacks and three interceptions.
He’s the Tigers’ first commitment for the 2018 class. The Tigers have two commitments from Tennesseans for the 2017 class.