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From: Aurora, Colorado
High School: Grandview
"I really liked Coach Wilson after being around him this morning," said Jones. "I think that he can get me to the next level."
Quarterback Ryan Walters came to CU from Grandview last year and he also had a little to do with Jones' decision. "I talked to Ryan's parents a little bit and they were telling me how happy Ryan is there and how happy I could be. This is a good decision for me because it is close to home and it also makes my family happy."
Jones grew up watching the Buffs as his Uncle Terry Jones played at CU in the late eighties.
While it was first thought that Zach was recruited by the Buffs specifically for defensive end, that is not necessarily the case anymore. "I was talking with Coach Barnett and he told me they are recruiting me as an athlete. I could be a defensive end, defensive tackle, or tight end for them."
Zach prefers to play tight end but the Buffs did get a commit from tight end Riar Geer just last week.
Jones feels that whatever position he plays at, he might play early. "I think there is a great chance for early playing time for me there on offense and defense. That is another reason I committed."
He admitted a couple of weeks ago that CU was his second choice behind Oregon and that if the Ducks offered that is where he would be going. What if they came though with an offer now? "Nah, it doesn't matter, it's CU for me. I didn't want to wait on Oregon anymore and even if they did offer now it would not matter."
Zach received his offer from the CU staff after the coaches saw him in person at the elite camp July 31st. He also had a written offer from Wyoming.
Jones carries a 3.5 core GPA and scored a 25 on his ACT. He is unsure on a major but says he would like to get into coaching. Zach missed half of his junior season with an MCL Sprain. He had two touchdowns on the year. Jones was all-city as a sophomore at linebacker.
He describes himself as a "A leader out on the field and someone who plays with a lot of passion."