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Miami Hurricanes 2024 Recruiting Notebook: DT Artavius Jones

Miami adds an athletic player with a big body to the defensive line.

DT Artavius Jones brings size and strength to Miami’s defense.
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In this installment of The Recruiting Notebook, we meet a dynamic defender who brings size and strength to the interior of the Miami defensive line: Blountstown (FL) 4-star DT Artavius Jones.

Bio

As Miami looked to build the best defensive line class possible for the 2024 recruiting class, they turned their attention to Blountstown (FL) DT Artavius Jones.

Hailing from a small town of 2300 in the panhandle an hour west of Tallahassee on I-10, Jones has played a variety of sports in school. He is on the track team (does the “field” part of things), basketball team (11pts 9rebs as a junior) as well as being a two-way lineman on the football team.

Jones got his first offers and attended his first team camp, yes, at nearby Florida State, in the early part of 2022. But, since he hails from a very small town — they play in the 1-Rural classification in the FHSAA — Jones’ visibility as a recruit was low. That changed with a strong junior season for the talented defender: 58 tackles, 14.5 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, an INT, FF, FR, and a PBU. Jones also played OL, and even had 142 yards and 2 TDs on offense to boot. That’s a lot of good work (and likely more that didn’t show up on the stat sheet), and teams started to take notice.

Miami, Florida State (the local school to which he’d made multiple visits), Illinois, and Michigan State were among the group of schools that extended Jones scholarship offers after his junior year. Jones then started taking unofficial visits to schools in the State: UCF, Miami, and FAU in a week-long trip to South Florida. Further offers from LSU, Tennessee, and Oregon kept Jones’ recruitment moving.

After visiting Tennessee for a recruiting event, Jones took official visits to UCF and Miami. And, 3 weeks following his visit to Coral Gables, Jones committed to Miami in July of 2023.

Things didn’t end there. The talented defender continued to show his value on the field for Blountstown in his senior year. He had 58 tackles, 13.5 TFLs, 2 FF, and 1 FR for an 8-4 team that won their district this season.

Through his senior season, Jones made an unofficial visit to Miami for the Texas A&M game, and two unofficial visits to Florida State in consecutive weeks in October for the Syracuse and Duke games.

Despite those visits to the local school, Jones stood firm in his commitment to Miami, and signed with the Canes earlier today.

Recruiting Ranking

On the 247sports composite, Jones is a 4-star prospect, the #25 DT nationally, #26 in the State of Florida, and #186 player overall in this class.

Jones committed to Miami over a list of 30 scholarship offers from around the country, including Florida State, Kentucky, and UCF to name a few.

As A Player

At 6’3” 305lbs, Jones has the size Miami needs for a defensive tackle. He’s listed at 280lbs, but that was definitely from earlier in his HS career. He’s not an undersized player who can add weight to become game-ready; Jones has the physique to hit the field at DT from day one.

Jones shows good quickness from his position, and routinely beats centers and guards trying to block him. He’s quick twitch ability and timing make him hard to stop in the A-gap off the snap. Additionally, Jones has good hands, and shows the ability to beat double teams — with speed or power or both — and get into the offensive backfield.

The main thing you see on film from Jones is the fact the he resets the line of scrimmage. He’s constantly in the offensive backfield, which is a boon for his defense, and disruptive to whatever the opposing offense wants to do.

An area for growth is brute strength. This will come in time as Jones’s body develops. I’m not saying he’s weak, just that he’ll get stronger as his body matures, and that will be a benefit when going up against what figure to be older, more mature OL at the college level. Still, he should be able to find success with his athleticism and strength combination.

Strengths

  • Physical build
  • Quickness
  • Strength

Weaknesses

  • Low level competition faced in HS
  • Technique

Miami Outlook

Note: changed this up from just a freshman-season outlook to a career outlook for each player a few years ago and we’re continuing that style this year as well.

Miami is losing a LOT at defensive tackle from the roster, so getting a talented player like Jones to join this class is a welcomed sight. Still,, it might be a minute before he makes his way into the 2-deep rotation.

In a perfect world, Jones is able to play 4 games late in the season and redshirt, and start making a major impact in the 2025 season, and beyond. He has all the physical tools you need to be a solid (or better) DT, and the developmental time of a redshirt year would hopefully help him along that path.

Jones should set his sights on the 2-deep in 2025 and starting after that. Once he’s starting, the sky is the limit. It’s just up to him to get there. If he doesn’t reach the top of his potential, however, Jones should be a better-than-average rotation piece who contributes to a solid Miami defense through the course of his career.


That’s it for this installment of The Recruiting Notebook.

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