Sleeper Emerges From the Peach State

Southwest Dekalb High School in Decatur, Georgia is known for outstanding football teams and talented prospects. Players such as Quincy Carter, Cosey Coleman, and Hason Graham are only a sampling of a much longer list. The school is a "must see" during the Evaluation Period for college coaches looking for exceptional athletes. Consequently, it comes as a great surprise when a prospect from such a high profile program evades the radar screen of recruiting analysts.

Sam Jones, a 6-foot-1, 193-pound wide receiver, is the latest in a long line of Panthers with an opportunity to play college football. As a junior, Jones played his projected college position of wide receiver. However, Jones has moved to running back for the good of the team as a senior.

Last week, Jones rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns on only ten attempts in his team's 20-0 victory over Marietta High School. Later today, Southwest Dekalb will play Griffin High School and Jones will once again be expected to be a difference maker at his new position. Still, he hopes to return to wide receiver in college.

"I play running back because that's what my team needs me to do," said Jones. "But I want to play wide receiver in college. It's just a thrill to catch a football in a game."

Jones is also a part of another line of talented athletes. His father, Sam Jones, Sr., played running back and wide receiver at Alabama A&M. Jones' uncle, Fred Jones played at his collegiate football as a running back at Grambling for the legendary Eddie Robinson and professionally for the Kansas City Chiefs.

This past spring, Jones displayed his athleticism at the Nike Camp in Atlanta, Georgia. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds and his vertical jump was measured at 33.7 inches.

Over the summer, Jones attended summer football camp at Auburn and the Tigers are on his early list. However, the Crimson Tide and several others also made the cut.

"I'm considering Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, and Alabama," said Jones. "I'm looking for a chance to play early if I'm ready. I'm also looking for an offense where they run and pass the ball equally."

Jones does not plan to take any unofficial visits at this time because of his commitment to football.

"I just want to keep working to get better," said Jones.

Editor's Note: Reliable sources indicate that Sam Jones is very highly thought of by the Alabama staff.


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