Arkansas State gained a commitment in from Devon Jones of Tiptonville, Tenn, a small town in the far northwest corner of the state. The 6-foot-3, 194-pound running back/linebacker said his commitment to the Red Wolves is still firm, but has been receiving interest from other schools since the commitment.
"When I was there for the spring game is when I made my commitment [to Arkansas State]," said Devon Jones. "It was just a great environment. I got in good with the players and got along well with the coaches. It felt like home to me. I still talk to Coach (Casey) Woods and Arkansas State a lot. I'll probably make my final decision after basketball closer to signing day."
"Vanderbilt wanted me to come to their camp," Jones said. "I couldn't make it, so they said they wanted to come up for one of my games. MTSU is cool too. They're recruiting me at linebacker. I just want to figure out whether or not I think I'd fit in well at the school and the place I'm most comfortable taking that next step in my career."
Jones has been a starter at Lake County High School since his sophomore season. The Falcons are off to a 3-2 start in Tennessee Class A. Jones rarely leaves the playing field with running back, outside linebacker, and special teams duties.
"I have over 400 rushing yards," he said. "In our last game I had a big game defensively with 11 tackles. I'm starting to think of myself as more of a defensive guy. In the off-season I improved in my technique. Going to the camps at MTSU, Arkansas State, and Western Kentucky helped me a lot with my stance and with tackling."
Jones is also hoping for offers in basketball. He was a starting forward on the 2010 Lake County team that won the state championship. In 2011, the football Falcons went 7-4 with a season-ending first round playoff loss to Union City. In the game, Jones had 123 yards rushing and 94 yards rec