Shrine Bowl RB Would Like to be Tiger

Lake View running back Vernell Jones may not be one of the most recognized players in the Shrine Bowl, but by many accounts, he could be the running back with the brightest future on the football field. Where would this 4.31 speedster like to play college football?

RB Vernell Jones
5-11, 180, 4.31
Lake View High School
Lake View, South Carolina

Vernell Jones may not be a name you are too familiar with when it comes to the world of college football recruiting, but ask anybody who follows high school football closely in the state of South Carolina, and they'll tell you that Vernell "Tooty Boots" Jones is one of the top pure athletes in the state.

His senior season, which ended with an 18-13 loss in the Class A State Championship game last weekend, saw Jones rush 233 times for over 2,000 yards and 33 touchdowns.

The 5-11, 180-pound prospect was invited to be on the roster for the South Carolina Sandlappers this week in the Shrine Bowl, and by all accounts, he has enjoyed every moment of it. "It's been a great week," said Jones walking off the practice fields on Thursday. "It's been fun to be here."

While it appears as though Jones will try to go the JUCO rout next season, there's little doubt about where he would like to play on down the line.

"Oh I want to go to Clemson," stated Jones emphatically.

The talented prospect camped at Clemson last summer where he ran a 4.31 on the first day and consistently ran sub 4.35's according to a current South Carolina High School coach.

Jones was touched when he visited the sick kids in the hospital last Sunday. "It was hard. It really touched me to see all those kids with no arms and stuff. It made an impact on me."

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding running back from South Carolina, right up through signing day 2004.

Editor's Note
It is unclear whether or not Clemson will be actively involved in placing Jones, but it does appear that he will go the junior college route if intends on playing Division I-A college football at some point.

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