2012 TE/DE Camped With Duke

It's never too early to start the recruiting process these days. As such several top juniors always seem to find their way to the various summer camps at different schools of interest. At Duke this summer that included Matthews (N.C.) Weddington's Buck Jones.

"Overall I thought the Duke camp was really good, and really hot," said Buck Jones. "We were able to get measured for size and speed and then did some agility drills. We also worked on some different position skills. One thing I noticed was the good competition level and there were some really big guys there."

Jones, a rising junior at Weddington High school, may very well be described as such next year when he's camping as a rising senior. He's already measuring out at 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds and has worked hard to perform well at various camps such as Duke, NC State, and the U100 NUC Southeast Camp. He will also be visiting Wake Forest later this week for the Deacons' 7-on-7 workouts. It's all in an effort to prepare for the recruiting process to ramp up over the next year.

"Right now I don't have any offers, but I have received a number of invitations to camps in addition to the ones I've already attended. There are a lot of schools I'm really high on at the moment."

One of those is Duke where the coaches have made quite an impression on Jones.

"At camp I had a chance to speak to a couple of the coaches and I mainly worked with Coach Middleton who gave me some advice on technique, etc. I think I did well there."

"My interest level in Duke is pretty high both before and after the camp. I really think the football program will only go up in the rankings. They also have terrific academics and are close to home. The campus is really nice. All the stone work and trees make it really beautiful."

When quizzed on what he's looking for in a potential destination, Jones has a few criteria already formed and solidified.

"I am looking for an institution with a competitive football team and a strong academic program. I believe I can compete on all levels, and will bring leadership and a high work ethic to a team both on and off the field. I am willing to do whatever it takes to compete at the next level."

Jones reports a personal best forty time in the 4.7 range, a 32 inch vertical jump, and a max power clean of 240 pounds. As a sophomore on the varsity team at Weddington he recorded 14 receptions for 270 yards as a tight end. On the defensive side of the ball he logged 32 tackles which included four sacks, one forced fumble, one blocked punt, and one defensive touchdown. In the classroom he has a 4.4 weighted grade point average.

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