There was a running back on Team Nitro that Florida fans couldn’t stop watching and talking about in Thursday’s Under Armour All-America Game.
And it wasn’t Miami Central’s Dalvin Cook.
Gator Nation had their eyes on Jeff Jones, who won MVP after rushing for 37 yards on six carries and catching four passes for 35 yards and a touchdown.
The 6-foot, 196-pounder from Minneapolis (Minn.) Washburn is currently committed to in-state Minnesota, but UF offered the Rivals100 member hours after Cook flipped to Florida State on Tuesday.
Since then, Jones said he has been hearing from Gator fans nonstop and taking it all in stride.
“Well, two weeks ago I wasn’t a wanted man in Gainesville,” Jones said with a laugh. “But I appreciate the fans and the love they’re giving me. I’m just going to see what Gainesville is like and go from there.”
Florida will host Jones on official visit Jan. 24. He visited Minnesota and Iowa State in December and doesn’t have any other trips scheduled.
Jones is looking forward to spending time with the UF coaches in three weeks, particularity new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper
“I’m ready to see what they have to offer me,” he said. “I feel like it’s a great opportunity to go check out a great program in the SEC. I just want to meet their coaching staff and find out if I can be comfortable there for four years.
“I don’t know much about the school, but I know the football team excels. This year they didn’t do too well, but they got a new offensive coordinator and he might be the right one for me.”
Jones has informed Minnesota coach Jerry Kill of his plans.
“I talked to coach Kill and told him I’m going take a visit to be sure I make the right choice,” Jones said. “Right now Minnesota has my commitment, but Florida is an option for me.”
Does Jones prefer to stick with his pledge or is he willing to switch schools?
“My official visit to Florida will tell it all,” he said.