Colleges Checking Out Georgia LB

A prospect from south Georgia discusses his interest in the Auburn Tigers and others.

Albany, Ga.--Westover High School's Jason Jones is an agile linebacker with excellent size who is hearing from a variety of colleges.

One of the teams that is recruiting Jones is Auburn. The Tigers were hosts to the Westover standout and several hundred other rising seniors at a one-day camp on July 14th.

"I really enjoyed my trip to Auburn," Jones says. "I always look forward to going to Auburn because they have a great program.

"I learned a lot about covering backs out of the backfield and how to stay with them, especially if they run a wheel or an arrow route," Jones points out. "I learned how to improve my footwork and how to run the 40 better. I know my athletic ability will increase as a result of the Auburn camp."

Jones notes that he visited the University of Georgia in June. "I learned a lot at the Georgia camp," he says. "Like if we're in cover three with a linebacker and a rover, we call ‘bingo' and switch up."

The linebacker says a variety of colleges are staying in contact with him this summer. He lists South Carolina, Clemson, Illinois, East Carolina, Samford, Indiana, Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State, UAB, North Carolina State, Middle Tennessee State, Auburn and Georgia as the ones who are writing him. "UAB, Auburn and Georgia call the most," he says. "I talk with Coach (Hugh) Nall from Auburn and coaches (Mike) Bobo and (John) Jancek from Georgia."

Jones, who says that he has a B average in school, notes that he got to talk to the head man plus the linebacker coach on his visit to Auburn. "I met Coach (Tommy) Tuberville and Coach (James) Willis. I already knew Coach Nall cause we had talked earlier this summer."

Asked if he has any scholarship offers yet, Jones says, "No sir, but I'm close to having an offer from Auburn. I'm just trying to enjoy my senior season and not having to be stressed about any colleges."

Preparing for his final year of high school football is a high priority. "This summer I plan to stick with my team and help develop some team chemistry," he says. "Being captain of the Westover High School Pacers means a lot. I'm trying to get better on the field, stronger in the weight room, improve my conditioning and develop chemistry with my teammates.

"We have a 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. workout," Jones adds. "It gives us better options because we can chose one or the other. We get in there and work hard every day. We take that time seriously."

Jones and his teammates will get started with a jamboree game vs. Thomasville High, which they hope will provide some momentum to improve on the 2006 record. "Last season our strength was defense and our weakness was a lack of focus and execution on offense," the linebacker says. "Last year we started out 4-1 and ended at 4-6, but we never lost a game by more than eight points."


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