Defending Basmine

Warren defender Basmine Jones (6-0, 195, 4.5) recently got an offer from Arkansas and could fill a variety of spots if he ends up a Razorback.

Everybody is well aware of the offensive firepower of the Warren Lumberjacks, but there's also a defender that the University of Arkansas covets.

That would be Basmine Jones (6-0, 195, 4.5), who will likely play cornerback in college unless he grows into a linebacker.

He got an offer from Arkansas during the first week of June and has since added offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State as well.

"I got an offer around two to three weeks ago when Coach (David) Lee from Arkansas called," Jones said. "It was great news. They were just waiting on me to take the ACT and it's all good now."

Jones was glad to hear from Arkansas.

"I really like Fayetteville and I am thinking that is where I might like to go," Jones said. "They have got a great program and I really like the coaches. I am planning to come up there for their camp (on July 21) and check everything out. Its my home-state school so that's all good."

Jones plays wideout on offense, but it is defense where he shows he's versatility for Warren head coach Bo Hembree.

"He's a defensive guy," Hembree said. "We play him at wide receiver, too, because he is such a great athlete, but there is no doubt he is one of our best defensive guys. You can play him at end, outside linebacker and safety. There aren't too many high school kids that you can do that with."

Jones admits he favors one side of the ball.

"I'll play where a team needs me to, but I do like hitting people the most," Jones said. "I like to put my helmet on people and take them down."

Arkansas is also recruiting Warren wideouts Jarius Wright and Greg Childs.

"Basmine is a tough guy and somebody who can make plays on both offense and defense," Wright said. "He is definitely one of the leaders of this team, especially on defense. He is a great player."

Asked about a timetable for a decision, Jones said he and the others are concentrating more on their season right now than their recruiting.

Especially since the last play of the 2006 season kept them from winning their fourth state title in seven years as Nashville downed Warren 21-20 on a controversial two-point conversion.

"We are playing these 7-on-7 games and working hard to get back to the championship game and leave no doubt this year," Jones said. "We are honored by the attention, but the reason we have been so successful in the past is because we are all about the team."


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