Offensive Linemen Likes his Home Cooking

Trevor Browne (Ariz.) standout Marcel Jones was injured for most of his junior season. Nevertheless, the hometown Sun Devils realized his ability and potential and offered him a scholarship early in the recruiting season. Consequently, the lineman acknowledges the benefits of staying close to home and thus he currently favors the maroon and gold.

"Recruiting with the Sun Devils is going pretty good," said the 6-7 300 Marcel Jones. "I like them and they're a good program. It's a cool school with a big campus." Coach Grady Stretz is recruiting him on behalf of Arizona State. Oregon State is the only other program to offer him, and Jones added that he would like to get an offer from Stanford for the obvious academic reasons.

What separates Jones from most offensive line prospects, are his basketball skills. "Basketball has helped me develop good footwork," he remarked. "I still need to get stronger, but that's something I'm working on right now." In 2005 he did play weighing at 320 lbs., but has since then shed several pounds. "I'm pretty comfortable at 300," he said. "Honestly, I was fine at 320, but people said I looked out of shape and didn't look the part (smile). So I stated losing weight."

In 2005 he was selected second team all-region in basketball. Jones plays for one of top AAU clubs in the state - the Arizona Magic White. "Next week I'm traveling to Indianapolis, and I will also be in other AAU tournaments such as the Big Time in Las Vegas," he said.

Jones stated that it would be nice to play both sports in college, but is realistic to whether that really can get accomplished. "I'd like to try out and see if I can do it," he commented. "But with a big body, I might wear down more easily. I can't say if football is number one for me over basketball, but I didn't get any scholarship offers just for basketball. I'm gonna go to a school that's the best fit, and not because they offered me a basketball scholarship or not."

The lineman hasn't gone yet to Oregon State to tour their campus, which helps him currently favor the Sun Devils over the Beavers. His timetable for a decision is very open-ended. "I need more time to talk this out with my parents and choose the best fit for me," he explained. "I really don't have a date in mind. I don't know if I'll have a decision before the season starts, but I'll definitely have a better idea what my top schools are and narrow down my list."

Jones is already qualified academically with a 3.77 GPA and an SAT of 1450.

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