AUBURN, Ala. — Few 2019 prospects, if any, have been on Auburn’s campus more than 4-star guard Keiondre Jones.
The Hogansville, Ga., lineman has been on campus midweek, on weekends, at events, for spring practices and last week on his official visit. He was back on Auburn’s campus Thursday to watch his Callaway 7-on-7 team play. Offensive linemen don’t participate in 7-on-7, but Jones wanted to be at Auburn anyway.
With his official visit in the rearview mirror, Jones’ presence was an indication of his Auburn interest.
“Auburn’s definitely one of the schools I’m really high on right now. I enjoy it every time I come here. I’ve obviously come down here a lot. I have a really good time here,” Jones said. “I think they really started, earlier on, they weren’t really recruiting me as hard. They really just started to recruit me, and I got a better look at the program. It’s a program I wouldn’t mind playing for.”
As a regular, there isn’t much at Auburn left for Jones to see for the first time. Official visits often provide new opportunities. Jones has seen all of that, as far as the campus and facilities go.
His official visit was more about relationship building. He spent most of his time with Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown.
“It was a lot of the stuff I’ve went through and seen before. But it was really just time getting to spend around the players and see how they act and how the actual family atmosphere was,” Jones said. “Me and Derrick was talking for most of it. We’ve got a lot in common.”
Jones “hopes” to make a decision before the start of his senior season. Before that, he will take an official visit to Florida. That’s all he has set up for the time being, which bodes well for the Tigers. One source indicated that Auburn is most concerned about Clemson, which doesn’t host summer official visitors.
Jones isn’t ready to name any leaders. He’ll most likely make those choices with his mother during the upcoming recruiting dead period.
“Me and mama, when the dead period comes, we’re going to sit down and really get to it talking about some of the visits we’ve been to,” Jones said. “I don’t really have a leader right now, but [Auburn is] definitely really, really high.”