Caden Jones, a four-star offensive tackle prospect out of Gretna, Louisiana, recently announced his top five preferred schools, with the Florida Gators making the list.
The 6-foot-7.5-inch, 300-pound lineman visited Gainesville twice since [autotag]Billy Napier[/autotag] took the reins as head of the Florida football program, including the day before the Gators’ Friday Night Lights event, which he was unable to attend. Instead, he was in College Station, Texas, visiting the Texas A&M Aggies.
According to On3’s Recruiting Prediction Machine, the likelihood of Jones committing to Texas A&M sits at 92.3%, predicting that Jones will be an Aggie. The Gators currently hold a 2.3% per the RPM.
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Despite the low percentage of odds, the Gators are still hopeful they can make a late push to land the offensive tackle prospect. Earlier this month, The Athletic published a piece highlighting what the Gators need for a top ten class. In order for that to happen, the Gators need to land at least two of the players listed in the piece, with Jones on that shortlist.
Regardless of where Jones chooses to further his football career, seeing the Gators in a high-profile recruiting battle for a top prospect as a position of need is a welcome change from the Mullen era. It’s a positive sign and another brick in the foundation, something Napier has been quietly trying to build in Gainesville.
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