AUBURN, Ala. — Four-star Hezekiah Jones is looking for a new home, and where he lands might just be the spot blue-chip quarterback Kellen Mond chooses, too.
Jones and Mond both rescinded their commitments on the same day after Art Briles was fired from Baylor amid a sexual misconduct scandal among players at the school. Jones grew interested in Auburn as Mond’s fondness did, too.
“Me being from Texas you really don’t know about Auburn that much, but coming down here to visit was cool and I liked it a lot,” Jones said after a visit to Auburn on Saturday.
The Stafford, Texas native narrowed his list of potential schools to eight programs Friday. He will narrow it a top four before making a final decision.
“Most definitely I had to get down here and see it for myself,” Jones said. “I’d heard very good things about it; I just had to see it for myself really.”
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What did Jones like about his visit to Auburn? The environment.
“It’s beautiful and I love the environment,” he said. “The team, you can bond with them very easily. They’re not stuck-up or anything and I like them a lot.”
Jones said he plans to visit Auburn again in the future, making the potential for Auburn remaining in his top four seem more likely than not. He said he was impressed with receivers coach Kodi Burns and his father was happy with the visit as well.
“I have to finish taking my visits before I narrow it down again to a top four, but really I’m just keeping my options open, visiting every school and getting their insight,” he said.
Jones is the nation’s No. 17 wide receiver in the class of 2017 and the No. 17 player in the state of Texas, according to 247Sports.
Auburn’s recruiting weekend
- 4-star offensive tackle picks Auburn over Alabama
- 4-star quarterback Kellen Mond to choose between Auburn, Texas A&M soon
- 4-star receiver Hezekiah Jones enjoyed visit to Auburn ‘a lot’
- Auburn ‘winning the state’ in recruiting, says Tigers commit
- 4-star linebacker KJ Britt could delay decision
- Linebacker De’Andre Wilder visits Auburn, includes Tigers in top 5