Florida State commitment DL DJ Jones of Wren and East Mississippi JC made an official visit to Auburn over the weekend for the USC game. And though the Gamecocks also are recruiting him, Jones' focus was on the Tigers. He talked a lot with defensive line coach Rodney Garner.
"Just about the need for me," Jones said. "They are going to be weak next year at my position."
Of course, Jones couldn't help but notice the play of the Gamecock defense against the Tigers. It was another night of struggle for the USC defenders.
"South Carolina is a young team," Jones said. "They have a bright future. The defensive line is just young. I'm not criticizing them but they're just not where they need to be right now."
Jones has now taken official visits to Florida State, USC and Auburn. He is also considering Ole Miss and hopes to get there before making his decision in early December.
"I'm still committed and it's pretty firm," he said. "I'm just going out and looking and weighing my options."
Jones said he's not talked to USC recently. Clemson, which at one time was recruiting Jones, has also been silent with him in recent weeks. Jones said he will be home when USC plays at Clemson and he might go, but just as a fan.
After getting a close look at Auburn, Jones said he now has the Tigers second on his list behind Florida State.