Big Picture Standout Preparing for Camps

San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian running back Darrelled Jones was one of top running back prospects at the Stanford NFTC last month. Earlier this month, he was the top performer at the Big Picture Athletics Skill Camp in Santa Maria. Jones talks about his recruitment and camp schedule…

Darrelled Jones (5-10.5, 185) rushed for 850 yards on 76 carries last season for Valley Christian in their wing-t offense. Despite a number of schools recruiting him, he has no offers.

After a solid showing at the Stanford NFTC in May and standing out at Big Picture Athletics Skills Camp earlier this month, Jones plans to hit the college camp circuit to impress a few coaches.

"I'm going to the Syracuse camp, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Idaho and Boise State," said Jones. "I'll probably go to a few FCS school camps too like UC Davis."

During the spring evaluation period Vanderbilt, Idaho, Syracuse, and Oregon visited Jones. "Cal sent me a letter, trying to show me some love," he added.

Jones played varsity as a freshman in Georgia. The last two years he's played in the Bay Area at Valley Christian. His goal for this season is 1,200 yards rushing. But he shares the backfield with promising 2012 prospect Byron Marshall.

"We run the wing-T so we both start and split carries," said Jones. "Whoever produces more gets more [carries] as the season progresses. I'm going to try to play every down, some defense and special teams. I'm going to try to be a verbal leader out there."

Jones patterns his game after his favorite back – Joe McKnight. "I try to build off his run style a little bit, everyone has to have a little wiggle," he added. With 4.4 speed and ability to make defenders miss in the open field, he also has some power to run between the tackles.

In the offseason, he continues to work with Big Picture Athletics and Marshall's father, Greg, the San Francisco 49ers strength and conditioning coach.

"I'm just trying to improve my overall game," said Jones. "I need to get better in everything. I can always get better."

Meanwhile, he's focused on the upcoming camps.

"The [coaches] say they are going to offer me when I go out to camp," said Jones. "So I got to show up and show off.

Academically, he reports a 3.2 core GPA. He scored a 1492 on the SAT. But he plans to retake it. "I'm aiming for 1700," said Jones.



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