Army wants star Cincinnati linebacker

Cole Jones out of nationally recognized St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio received his first offer from the U.S. Military Academy. The new coaching staff is eager to make a big impression on the recruiting trail and Jones figures to be one of the top senior players in the southern Ohio region next year.

"I received the Army offer about a month ago," said Cole Jones. "It came out of the blue. My head coach contacted me when I was at a wrestling tournament and said I should call the Army coach. I spoke with Coach Everhart, who works as their high school liaison. He said they thought I had good film and that I seemed like a hard-working guy who would fit in well with what they're trying to do.

"It was real exciting to receive their offer. I feel like the Army program is on ether way up. They've been down for awhile with some bad years but this new staff we're getting in there is going to be good. Right now it's my only offer. I'm still thinking about it. It's a big commitment, so I'm going to take my time and make sure it's what I want to do..

Jones, 6-foot-, 200-pounds, who joined the starting lineup as a sophomore at St. Xavier, plays both inside and outside linebacker in a 3-3 stack defense. Last season, he was second in his league in tackles with a total of 87.

"A couple of my strengths would be my quickness," he said. "I have good game speed. The other would be my instincts.

"This summer I'm looking at attending a few Ivy League camps like Harvard and Cornell. I'm also looking at going to Army as well as Indiana and Purdue. I'd like to go to a college with great academics, tradition, and location. I wouldn't mind playing down south but I do like the Midwest teams a lot."

Jones was fourth in the state in wrestling this year in the 195 weight classification. He was named second team all-Greater Cincinnati Catholic League in his junior season with the Bombers who suffered a down year of 5-6 by their standards. Jones believes this team is primed for a big turnaround as they begin spring practice in a few weeks.

) Top Stories