Jones Remains Patient

Tony Jones has seen his recruitment go through ups and downs. During his junior season, he had strong interest from Boston College and Michigan. An injury ended his season and tempered interest from BCS schools. A strong senior season, however, has many schools taking a second look.

As a junior, Tony Jones got the attention of recruiters early with a combination of speed and moves from the tailback position. But, an injury ended his season and put recruiting on hold. Now that he is healthy, he can once again show colleges what he can do on the football field.

Don Bosco traveled to Prattville Alabama to play Prattville High School in what was the billed as the biggest game in Alabama High School history. The home team had a 24-game home winning streak and Don Bosco was the #2 team in the country.

The Ironmen won a thriller behind the stellar play of Tony Jones who ran for 222 yards and three touch downs. His 42-yard run late in the game set up the winning touchdown for Bosco. That performance is part of what has schools taking a second look.

"I had to put on a show. I had the chance to make plays and my team needed me to play well. Things are pretty much the same with recruiting, but it helps to play well. Things are going good with school and with football right now."

Several schools are taking a second look.

"Syracuse, UConn and a couple of other schools are talking to me. Louisville has been looking at me. Schools are waiting to see my film from this season. I got a couple of games together. I'm waiting to get some more games and put together more stuff to send to schools."

At this point, Tony is not in a hurry to make a decision or even think too hard about any one school. The priority now is the season and the classroom.

"For right now I'm just letting things go until I get film out and let the schools tell me what they want to do. No school really stands out right now. My coach tells me to stay focused on school and football and things will work out."

The biggest question is his size. Schools are a little hesitant to go on guys who are a little small for fear they cannot take the punishment at the college level. That's one area Tony has worked on this year.

"I'm 5'8" and 180 now. I got a little bigger and that has allowed me to take a pounding and keep running hard. I'm working hard in practice in blocking drills and that has allowed me get tougher and made me better. I've just worked hard and it is working out this season."


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