Byran Jones, a productive 6-2, 305 tackle from Junction City High School, is a key player for his team as it heads into Friday night's state playoff semi-final game.
Last year Junction City ran the table on the way to a 14-0 state championship season. Jones says he believes his team is capable of a repeat even though his team has one loss. "I think this team has a good chance to do what we did last year," he says.
On Friday night in the semi-finals Junction City will take on Leftwich High from Magazine.
"I talked to Coach (Gus) Malzahn from Auburn and he is coming to see me play on Friday," Jones says of Auburn's offensive coordinator.
A standout performer on the varsity since his ninth grade year, Jones plays both ways in high school, but says he expects to be a defensive player in college.
A player with a lot of strength, he bench presses 420 pounds and says he has a best 40-yard dash time of 4.9 seconds.
"Auburn is one of the colleges I am looking at along with Arkansas, Ole Miss and Baylor," says Jones, who notes that he doesn't have a leader. "I am looking for a college where I will fit in with the players and coaches and feel comfortable. I am also interested in a college that will prepare me for the NFL."
Named Class 2A Player of the Year as a junior and the state championship game MVP, Jones says he hasn't set up his official visits and notes that he will worry about that after his senior season is finished.