Fast-rising ATH Demello Jones names Top 10 schools

On3 imageby:Chad Simmons02/20/23


Swainsboro (Ga.) athlete Demello Jones picked up his first offer in May of last year. Charlotte was the first to pull the trigger. He added a few more over the summer from the likes of Georgia State and Mercer.

Once the season started and the 6-foot-1, 176-pound playmaker got his junior film out. That is when offers started to roll in. North Carolina offered early in October. Fast forward into November, and in a span of four days, Jones added offers from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina.

He is now closing in on 30 offers and Jones is ready to trim his list to 10.

“Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are my top schools,” Jones told On3. “All those schools are talking to me every day. They are recruiting me really hard and they are schools I could see myself at.

“Each of these schools could have me ready for after college. Like everyone, my dream is to play in the NFL, but these 10 schools would have me ready for Plan B.”

Jones visited Alabama in January. He was at Georgia in November and he will be back in Athens on March 2. The only other schools he has visited in his top 10 are North Carolina and South Carolina.

He is planning to get out more this spring after basketball and around his track schedule. Jones is a multi-sport athlete that helped his football team reach the state championship game in December. Jones anchored the Swainsboro 4×100 team that won the state title last year as well.

As a football player, he lined up all over the field, but he is being recruited primarily as a cornerback on the next level.

The next step will be to cut his list down, then make his decision.

“I am going to take some unofficial visits this spring, set up official visits for the summer and have my decision by the end of the summer,” Jones said. “My commitment could happen earlier, but I know I want to be committed by the time my senior year starts.”