Army after two-time state champ

ArmySports.com caught up with Dominieke Jones after Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) High School's Friday afternoon's win over American Fork to win to the 5A championship game for the second straight year at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Army is currently in a recruiting battle with Air Force for the 6-foot-1, 170-pounder who some have called Utah's premier "shut-down cornerback."

"It was October 27th when Coach Saturnio called to tell me I had an Army offer," Jones stated. "We've been talking once a week ever since. He direct messaged me on Twitter to say he had some exciting news. We talked later that night. On our previous conversations, he told me he was working on getting me the offer. He said that he really loved my cover skills, but also the way I come down field to make tackles. I'm just so excited it came through.

"First off, I love the tradition at Army. It's really cool to see what they have going on. I've seen a few of their games on TV and I'm like it a lot. You can tell the coaches take good care of the players. With the Academy, I feel like it's a place I can go to learn some valuable life lessons. I think it's a big opportunity to have there in front of me. It's good to know all the hard work I've put in has paid off.

The Miners finished the season at 13-1. Their lone loss was only by three points to Bishop Gorman, a school that's ranked atop the national polls. Jones has played an intregral part of both state championship teams at Bingham.

"Last year I got the starting nod and had a real good year," Jones explained. "I was named second team All-Region. This year, though, I feel like I've improved so much and come in to my own as a player with my ball skills and knowing where to be on the field at all times. We came into the season believing we could repeat as champions. It was hard work, but we got it done.

"I'm going to look at recruiting more now that the season has ended. I'm considering taking an official visit to Army in January. I'm also looking at Air Force and Wyoming is showing heavy interest. I want to look at how the coaches are building up the program to get it to the best place possible. That's the type of program I want to be a part of. I'd love not to be too far away from home but in the end I'm going to go with the best school for me regardless of the location."

In Bingham's first playoff game this year, he came up big in the secondary with two picks. The Miners defense only allowed 12 points in their four playoff games.

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