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Offensive line prospect Keiondre Jones visits Florida
Keiondre Jones is one of five top-200 overall recruits who attended Florida’s spring practices over the weekend.
The 4-star guard from Callaway High School (Hogansville, Fla.) was re-offered by Florida coach Dan Mullen and offensive line coach John Hevesy on Feb. 19. One month later, he visited Gainesville to check out the Gators.
“I had a real good time,” Jones told SEC Country of his visit. “This was my first time down with the new coaching staff. I saw everything that they have going on and it’s pretty encouraging.”
Jones arrived on campus Friday morning and spent two days on campus, watching both open practices and hanging out with several players. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound lineman is the cousin of Florida quarterback Emory Jones, who enrolled early in January.
“Emory coming to Florida kind of sparked my interest in the program,” Jones said. “But really, I’ve been talking to the new coaching staff. I hear from one of their coaches at least every day and they’re telling me to come block for Emory. There’s a revamped feel to the program, so I wanted to come check it out and I’m glad I did.”
Jones is ranked as the nation’s No. 7 guard and No. 133 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite. In addition to Florida, he also has interest in Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
Jones also holds offers Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State. He claims no leaders and plans to make his decision in August.
“I’m just looking for that family feel and being comfortable where I’m at. A good education, too,” Jones said. “Florida definitely helped their chances with this visit. This is only my second time here, but last time it wasn’t like this. I’ll be back for the spring game.”
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Relationship with Emory Jones
Jones has been recruiting his cousin to the Gators for three months and counting.
The former top-100 overall recruit flipped from Ohio State to Florida during the early signing period and let Keiondre know before his decision was announced.
“Emory has been hitting me up about Florida since the day before he signed,” Jones said. “He’s been after me since then and he’s been after me really bad now.
“We talk about Florida a good bit, but he’s not going to try and force me to come. He says if it’s the place for me, I’ll know it.”
Keiondre has been “pretty close” with Emory since he was 8 years old and they communicate on a regular basis. Jones said they haven’t talked as much in recent weeks, but he understands why.
“Him going to college, he’s kind of in his own little world right now because he’s trying to focus on what he needs to do here. I respect it,” Jones said of Emory. “He’s kind of glad that this is the way it worked out for him. He feels like this is the place for him and it’s where he should be. He likes the atmosphere at Florida and he loves the school.
“I’m just trying to find the same feel and Emory is helping me figure that out. It’s nice to have someone to talk to about the recruiting process. Emory knows what’s real and what’s fake. A lot of coaches don’t shoot you straight. So he gives me that perspective and I appreciate him for that.”
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