Two-Sport Star Very Interested In Tigers

Speedy Jonathan Jones talks about Auburn and recruiting in this report that includes video highlights from his junior season.

Carrollton, Ga.--Jonathan Jones, a standout at the Chad Simmons Combine earlier this year in Atlanta, was in Auburn on Tuesday to participate in a football camp and the two-sport star says he hopes to be hearing from the Tigers soon about a scholarship.

Coach Roof (Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof) told me he would get in touch with me next week and we would talk about an offer," says Jones, a quick and athletic cornerback who was a key player in Carrollton High's run to the state championship game last season.

Jones is visiting colleges for football camps this summer and is also competing in track and field. He won his event at the Texas Relays this spring with a personal-best time of 13.65 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles. He is headed to California for a track meet later this week. "I started to run hurdles when I was 11," he says. "It is something I enjoy doing.

"Training for hurdles and trying to do football gets kind of hard at times because it is not like the 100 where you just get out on the track and run," he points out. "You really have to train for the hurdles."

Commenting on his camp experience at Auburn, he says, "I think I did pretty good in the one-on-ones. My 40-time wasn't what I hoped (4.48) because I was kind of sore from doing workouts yesterday."

Jones notes that he got individual instruction from Auburn defensive back coaches Phillip Lolley and Tommy Thigpen. "It was definitely helpful," he says.

Also a standout running back, he notes that cornerback is his best spot and that is the position coaches are recruiting him to play. He says that Auburn he believes Auburn likes him and he likes the Tigers, noting he has made several trips to the campus and enjoyed each one of them.

Jones was on campus last fall to watch Auburn's Homecoming victory over UT-Chattanooga and says he really liked the Tiger Walk in pre-game and the atmosphere during the game.

"I am definitely interested in Auburn," he says, noting the Tigers have a good chance of being on his favorites list when he decides which colleges he is most interested in this summer. He notes that he wants to check out Tennessee and Florida State before naming his top five. Jones already has offers from colleges such as Georgia Tech, Boston, College, Mississippi State, Stanford, Illinois and Texas Tech.

A key player during his team's 14-1 run to the state finals in 2010, he says that Carrollton should be ready to make another run this fall. "We lost a few key players off last year's team, but we have a lot of good guys coming back. Hopefully, we can get back to the state championship game."

The cornerback says he likes the Auburn coaches and notes that he enjoyed hanging out with Roof and his twin sons, who were also at the football camp. "It was great being around them," he says.

Jones is a standout on defense and offense for Carrollton High.

Academically the cornerback is in good shape. He notes that he is an honor student with a 3.6 grade point average.

He says he is undecided on what he wants to study after high school. "I will probably sit down with my mom this summer and talk about that," he says. "Hopefully, it will help me in my decision on where to attend college."

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