South Carolina missed on defensive lineman Naquan Jones of Evanston, Ill., when he committed to Michigan State in June. The Gamecocks never stopped recruiting him, and now he plans to take an official visit with them on a date to be determined after the season.
Jones said he actually had planned to take the visit last weekend for the LSU game, but he got sick and the game was moved to Baton Rouge.
Jones visited USC back in February and Gamecocks recruiter Deke Adams has kept up the recruiting contact with him throughout the year, and that’s why Jones has never lost interest in the Gamecocks.
“The communication with Coach Sands and Coach Adams, just with those guys staying on me,” Jones said. “With Coach Spurrier leaving, I still want to get the opportunity to come down and see how everything plays out with him being gone. I haven’t really gotten to watch them much this year, but just from what I’m hearing, how they can use me on the defense, I still have an interest in them. I just think it will all play out and I’ll be able to see how everything goes once I take my visit.”
Jones said he’s in the process of setting his visit date with Michigan State, and he might take a visit to Ole Miss as well. He calls his commitment strength with the Spartans “pretty strong. I’m kind of building a really good relationship with the coaching staff and I’m kind of in between a like a loyal thing. Until anything pops up and I see how things go on the visit, I wouldn’t say I’m a hundred percent right now, but I’m kind of close.”
Jones said he’s also still hearing from Nebraska along with USC, Ole Miss and Michigan State. He said for USC to turn him from the Spartans, a strong finish to the season and a good coaching hire would be beneficial for them.
“I would have to see how their season goes and see how everything goes towards the end,” Jones said. “I want to get the opportunity to meet the new coach. When I went down to South Carolina for the first time I got the opportunity to meet Coach Spurrier. With them bringing in a new coach I’m not sure how everything will play out and I just want to get an opportunity to meet him.”