Jones Leads Team in State Title Quest

Before quarterback Zach Jones dons the maroon and gold of Central Michigan University next season, he would like to lead the maroon and gold of Morris (Ill.) High School to a state title. Jones talked about the Redskins state semifinal game this Saturday and his decision to play college football for the Chippewas.

Central Michigan University is in the market for a few good quarterbacks to be a key part of its 2005 recruiting class.

Quarterback Zach Jones (6-7, 215) of Morris (Ill.) High School is one of those strong-armed quarterbacks who believes CMU could be the perfect fit for him.

Jones verbally committed to the Chippewas earlier this month after receiving an offer following Morris' sixth game. He said he couldn't be happier about his decision.

"I like the campus and the coaches," Jones said. "I was recruited to play quarterback and I really like the offense CMU runs."

Jones said he had initial contact with the Chippewas early in the summer, then he attended camp at CMU with teammates and fellow Division I-A prospects linebacker Eric Lines and offensive lineman Ramon Diaz, who committed to Northwestern.

All three of these talented seniors are poised to lead Morris High to an Illinois Class 5A state championship. Saturday night, the Redskins (12-0) host Geneseo (11-1) in a state semifinal game.

"We don't throw that much because we have such a powerful running game," said Jones, who nevertheless has thrown for 1,154 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.

Jones will join fellow Illinois quarterback Dan LeFevour (Benet Academy) in CMU's 2005 recruiting class. The Chippewas are also a finalist for the 2003 Illinois Player of the Year, quarterback Sean Price of Maine South High School. Jones said he welcomes the competition.

"I think no matter how many quarterbacks you bring in, you have to beat them out," Jones said. "Wherever you go there will be competition and I'm confident in my abilities as a quarterback."

Jones said he has been a quarterback for three years now in the Morris program. Last year he was the backup to John Goolsby, who is now a freshman at Toledo. Jones started at defensive end and tight end last season for the Redskins. Aside from his size and toughness, Jones has a couple other intangibles he brings to the gridiron

"I'm a good leader and have a strong throwing arm," Jones said. "At the Iowa Nike Camp this summer I was rated as having the strongest throwing arm."

For right now, Jones is focused on leading the Redskins to a state title, but he also looks forward to his future as a Chippewa.

"I can't wait to get to CMU," Jones said.

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