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Four-star offensive lineman schedules first official visit


Keiondre Jones has been going through the recruiting process since he was a freshman, so he has seen a lot of schools, met a lot of coaches and developed a lot of relationships.

The 6-foot-3, 318 pound offensive guard out of Hoganville (Ga.) Callaway is eyeing a decision before his senior year, so he is not too far from giving that one school the call many are fighting for.

There is a new school in the mix for the No. 8-ranked offensive guard. Mississippi State had Jones on campus recently and the Bulldogs have secured an official visit from the four-star prospect.

Other spring official visits are likely to be scheduled in the coming weeks and he gives the latest.

IN HIS OWN WORDS: "There is still a good bit of schools I am considering," said Jones. "Auburn has made a move, but I do not really have a leader yet. Certain schools are coming at me really hard, so I am still trying to look at as many as I can. I still have a lot to see before I am ready to make a decision."

FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT: "I have an official visit to set up with Mississippi State for April 20-22. I already had a connection with coach [Marcus] Johnson from when he was at Duke, so when he joined the new staff there, I decided to give them a look. I went over there a few weeks ago and I enjoyed it a lot. I like coach Joe Moorhead a lot and we have had some good talks. I like the new coaching staff, they made me feel at home and I believe coach Moorhead can win there."

TIGERS' MAKING A MOVE: "It is all about that home feel for me at Auburn. Auburn is like family over there and they have really made a big push for me lately. I was over there two weeks in a row and it just feels good to be there. I feel they can help me not only with football, but life after football too. I am getting to know coach [JB] Grimes right now and he is cool, but I am already close with coach [Rodney] Garner and I know others on the staff too."

GIVING THE GATORS A LOOK: "I am going down to Florida next weekend and see how it is. I have been talking to coach [John] Hevesy and he really just wants me to give them a chance. He wants me to visit, check things out and see how I like it. My cousin Emory Jones is there now, so that helps them some. Emory has told me that he really likes it there and that he can tell the people there really care about their guys. I have been down there before, but the staff is new, so I just need to check it out again to see how I like it."

GAMECOCKS ON HIS MIND: "South Carolina plays big-time football and their coaches know how to coach their guys up. They are on me hard and they are telling me I could be a big part of this class for them. I talk to coach [Eric] Wolford a lot and we have a great relationship. He is a great coach and I think he could really help me."

DECISION TIMELINE: "I want to be committed by my senior year, so I would like to take as many official visits in the spring as I can. I want to be done before my senior year, and when I commit, I want to shut everything down. I want to end it. I do not want to take other visits and stuff like that. I just want to commit and be done with it."

RIVALS REACTION: The main schools in the mix right now appear to be Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina and maybe Clemson. He is very familiar with Clemson, but he did not mention them when talking potential spring official visits. Texas is another school Jones is in regular contact with, but the Longhorns are definitely on the outside at this time. Auburn has been the school trending behind the scenes and when asked about that, Jones did they have "snuck" in there and made a move with him. He wants to be completely finished with the recruiting process by late July, so these next few months are huge for this Rivals 250 offensive lineman.