Defensive back excited to join Arizona

Tellas Jones took a visit to the Arizona campus on Friday. He came away committed to the Wildcats. Read on to find out about his visit, when he will join the team, and more.

Arizona's 2013 football class gained one member on Friday afternoon. Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College defensive back Tellas Jones committed to play for the Wildcats while on a visit.

"They are in a great position right now," he said. "They want to win and they expect a lot out of me. That is just the place I wanted to be, so I committed."

Jones was on campus on Friday. He got the tour of the facilities and spoke with numerous people surrounding the football program.

"I was down in Tucson for a visit," Jones said. "It went well. I liked the campus. I liked the people and the coaches.

"They really want to win. They just got the new facilities, so that they can get to that level.

The defensive back was blown away by the coaching staff. In addition, he was impressed by the support that the community has for the team.

"I really liked Coach Rodriguez," Jones said. "He is just a really great coach. Coach Casteel is great, too.

"They just have a lot of really good things going for them at Arizona. They have a lot of people behind the program."

While he was on campus, Jones was able to speak with several current players about the program.

"The players really pushed me over the edge," he said. "The guys I talked to really wanted to win. The whole team wanted to win. The whole school wanted to win. I got the same vibe from the coaches. They expect a lot out of the players and have big plans for the future.

"I got a chance to talk to Daniel Jenkins, Marquis Flowers, and Terrence Miller," Jones said. "I also saw a few of the cornerbacks. They all had great things to say."

Arizona's 3-3-5 defense is another aspect of the football program that stood out to the junior college player.

"It gives us an opportunity to make a lot of plays on the defensive side of the ball," Jones said. "There are going to be a lot of dangerous players on the field.

Jones will likely get a chance to play his way into multiple positions, as he already has two that he thinks he would be a good fit.

"I really like the way that Arizona plays on defense," he said. "They are aggressive on defense and it fits the way I play.

"I will probably play as a free safety. If I don't play there, then I fit in pretty well with at the bandit position.

Jones was having trouble qualifying out of high school, but was able to get his grades in order just in time to sign his letter of intent.

"Out of high school, I had offers from FAU and UMass," Jones said. "I was a late qualifier out of high school. When it came time for signing day, Fort Scott was the only place that had a spot open for me."

The corner will have four years to play four seasons worth of football at Arizona. He will enroll in classes when the fall semester starts and knows that he will need to work hard when he gets to campus.

"I'm blessed because I know a lot of people didn't expect me to be in this situation,' he said. "I just had to keep working hard and stay motivated. Now, it's paying off."


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