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Miles Jones has great official visit with Nebraska
Miles Jones’ official visit to Nebraska last weekend left such an impression, he suddenly has a big decision on his hands after spending eight months committed to an SEC school.
“It was good,” Jones told Land of 10. “The city was a lot nicer than I expected. I liked hanging around the players and other recruits. Overall, it was good.”
According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Jones is a 3-star prospect and the No. 49 athlete in the Class of 2018.
The favorite part of the weekend for Jones was seeing the headquarters of Hudl’s — a Lincoln-based company that helps coaches digest prospects’ film — which is just a short ride from the campus.
“We had a chance to see that and tour it,” Jones said. “It was really nice.”
During his visit, Jones said he bonded with fellow official visitors Taiyon Palmer, Javontae Jean-Baptiste and Braxton Clark. But the biggest impact in terms of relationships came with the coaching staff, particularly with Scott Frost, running backs coach Ryan Held, and offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Troy Walters.
“I didn’t really get a chance to talk to them much when they were at UCF,” Jones said of the new Huskers staff. “Being able to sit down with them this weekend, seeing how their personalities were, how they interact with the players and other recruits, really made me feel comfortable around them.”
Thanks for the Nebraska hospitality this weekend. Final official visit 💯 pic.twitter.com/rUTMJgKgEM
— Miles Jones (@milesjones2018) January 15, 2018
Jones also had the chance to sit down with Walters for a 1-on-1 session, in which the offensive coordinator described in detail how Jones would be used in the Huskers’ offense. Walters offered a comparison to UCF running back Otis Anderson, playing both running back and slot receiver. The goal would be to create mismatches with linebackers. The position, Jones said, is called the “duck.” (Perhaps an ode to Frost’s Oregon days?)
“I like their offense,” Jones said. “I think it’s creative and it fits my skill set perfectly. I’m excited about that.”
Overall, Jones especially appreciated the hospitality of the staff, even though they’ve been coaches at Nebraska for only six weeks.
“They were just really nice and really care about you,” Jones said. “They make you feel at home and they treat you like one of theirs.”
Although facilities aren’t too important to Jones, he had high praise for what he saw in that regard, as well.
“The facilities were top-notch,” Jones said. “I think they stacked up to Alabama. They were just as good, if not better, than Alabama’s facilities. It was unbelievable.”
Jones, who made the trip with both of his parents, now has a big decision looming.
Miles Jones de-commits from Vanderbilt — is Nebraska commitment next?
Before the visit to Lincoln, Jones’ plan was to host Vanderbilt and Nebraska for in-home visits this week. That was before Jones de-committed from Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.
The Huskers plan to visit with Jones on Thursday. Jones believed that by the time Nebraska’s coaches showed up at his house, he would have his mind made up. He’s certainly taken the first step in flipping from the Commodores to the Huskers. At this point, it’s not a question of if Jones will commit, but rather when.
Please respect my decision pic.twitter.com/pj39NGGsJ6
— Miles Jones (@milesjones2018) January 17, 2018
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Jones informed the coaches of his commitment Thursday during the visit, before announcing it later that night — assuming the visit still takes place. There’s a chance the coaches may want to allocate time with other targets since they have Jones all but sewn up.
The big takeaway here is that Nebraska can bank on landing Jones, a significant pickup and one of the late signees who can potentially make an immediate impact from the moment he steps on campus.
It’s also worth noting that prying Jones away from Vanderbilt is no small feat for this staff. He built a strong relationship with the incoming Commodores class and the coaching staff, being committed there for more than eight months. But Jones’ difficult decision is the Huskers’ gain.
Cam Taylor gets visit from Scott Frost, schedules official visit for next weekend
Although scheduling official visits has been rather fluid in recent days because of NCAA restrictions (Nebraska can only host 12 more official visits from now until August), that hasn’t stopped the staff from encouraging valued targets to check out campus.
Frost and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander will do an in-home visit with Cam Taylor on Wednesday, the 3-star prospect told Land of 10. During the visit, they will give him a preview of his official visit, which will take place Jan. 26-28.
Taylor says he familiar with the Huskers staff as Frost & Co. recruited him at UCF. Still, the late-December offer to Nebraska when they transitioned jobs surprised him.
“I really didn’t know if they were gonna offer me when [they] went up there,” Taylor said.
Taylor is a Montgomery (Ala.) Park Crossing standout and the 54th-ranked athlete in the Class of 2018.
Taylor said the staff just wants to see him on the field and doesn’t really have a preference for him on offense or defense, despite his own personal affinity for defensive back. If he plays offense, it will likely be at wide receiver.
His visit to Nebraska will be in the middle of a busy January for him. He took an official visit to Auburn last weekend, will be at Florida Atlantic this weekend and then Missouri will host him for his final official visit the weekend before National Signing Day.
Frost and Chinander were in Alabama earlier in the day, as well. They saw 2018 cornerback prospect Eric Garror at McGill Toolen High School in Mobile. Garror doesn’t have any Power 5 offers, but perhaps the Huskers will be the first in the coming days.
Great visit with Coach Frost and Nebraska 💪🏽🌽 pic.twitter.com/lYeucXgmoG
— Eric Garror5️⃣ (@ericgarror5) January 17, 2018
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