- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
Not every college coach can find every prospect, and there are situations where football players don't get the attention they should. That might be the case with 2013 wide receiver Damario Jones (Westland, Mich./John Glenn), who believes there is a reason why he hasn't yet landed a big-time offer.
"I'm suspecting that I might get some more offers, but as of now I think it's the underexposure due to me transferring," he said. "It hindered me to a certain degree, but once I started balling and going to camps, I think everything will work itself out as far as recruiting goes."
Jones transferred from a school in New Jersey to John Glenn High School a little more than a year ago. This is now his second season with John Glenn, but he believes the transfer has hurt his exposure with college recruiters. Switching schools can often cause prospects to lose touch with coaches and the chances of earning a scholarship might lessen.
Despite his circumstances Jones has been in contact with big programs and feels that he's making progress towards an offer.
"I camped at Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee and Illinois. I'm hearing from schools like Ohio State, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois and Central Michigan," he said. "I think I'm going to get a couple more offers once the season closes out."
The 6-foot-2, 192-pound receiver showed his talents and ability at camps, especially Michigan's camp where he caught the eye of the Wolverines coaching staff. He has been in contact with coaches at various programs, but none has pulled the trigger on an offer.
Jones says he is a free agent and that he's interested in anyone that's interested in him. He has worked out some various visit dates to schools, and hopes to see a few more as well.
He will be visiting Pitt on Oct. 3, Michigan on Oct. 20, Tennessee on Oct. 27 and will visit Central Michigan on Nov. 3.
One might suspect there would be added pressure this season for Jones, knowing that he's being watched so closely. He is taking it al in stride, though, and is just trying to keep performing the way he knows he's capable.
"I don't feel that much pressure because I've been working for this since I was 12 years old," he said. "I know what I have to do to accomplish my goal and I'm going to keep on working. The way I see it every day is just another day on the practice field for me to get better."
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