In-State Athlete Getting More Recognition

Auburn is in the top three for receiver prospect Stanley Jones.

Dothan, Ala.--Houston Academy wide receiver Stanley Jones prepared in advance for the All-American combine in Tuscaloosa. His goal was achieved and was named to the All-Combine First Team.

"I felt like I did really good," said Stanley Jones from Dothan, Ala. I have been working on my 40 (yard dash) for a while. I was hoping I would have a good time and I had the best time I have ever run (4.47)."

Along with his blazing 4.47 forty-yard dash, the 6-0, 176-pound receiver ran a 4.18 shuttle. His 6.84 L-Cone was the best in Tuscaloosa and one of the fastest for the entire country. He added a 37.3-inch vertical jump and 9'10'' standing broad jump as well.

His combine numbers were outstanding and with his solid junior campaign the scholarship offers are expected to increase. He holds an offer from Troy.

Jones recorded over 1,200 yards from his running back position and added 500 yards receiving. He recorded a touchdown pass in the Alabama Junior All-Star game.

"I have been receiving interest from Clemson and Georgia Tech," he said. "Clemson is recruiting me as a defensive back. There are a few smaller schools that have been recruiting me as well."

He plans to attend summer camps at Auburn, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss. He lists his favorites as Auburn, Clemson and Troy.

Auburn: "I like Auburn a lot. I have always been an Auburn fan."

Clemson: "Clemson has sent me a lot of stuff about their school. I am very interested in them."

Troy: "They have offered me. I like the school, and it's close to home."

Jones has seen several coaches find their way to his high school, and several more are expected during the evaluation period.

"UAB, Florida State, and Florida have all been by the school," he said. "Clemson and Miami are both plan on coming as well."

When asked the influences of his college decision Jones replied, "I have always told myself I want to choose the college where if I get hurt the first day of practice I will still be attending a school where I can get a great education. Education and playing time are the two biggest factors in my decision."

Jones has been a star performer at running back for his high school squad, but projects at wide receiver or defensive back on the next level.

"Since I am not being recruited as a running back I want to improve my skills as a wide receiver," he said. "Most of the receivers that are being recruited have always played receiver and know everything ahout the position. I want to improve on those skills and my tackling ability on defense.

"My main goal for my senior year is to win the state championship," Jones added. "We have been close over the past few years. My personal goal for myself is to do as well as I can do."

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