DeMatha High (Hyattsville, Md.) wide receiver Chris Jones arrived at Sunday's Grassroots showcase sporting a cast on his right hand. Jones actually broke his thumb back in January during a combine in Texas, but the 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver has been pushing through the pain.
"I didn't realize it was broken until a couple of weeks ago. It was bothering me but then sometimes it wasn't so bad," said Jones. "I have been working out and lifting, just fighting through it, but I finally went to the doctor and he said I cracked bone in my thumb."
Jones will be in the cast until he returns to the doctor on April 30 and optimistic that his injury will not sideline him for long.
"Once the cast comes off, the doctor said we will see how I feel," said Jones. "We will see what the doctor says, but I think I will be good after the cast comes off."
In the meantime, Jones continues to hear from schools and recently picked up offers from Toledo and Wisconsin. He also holds an offer from Maryland and maintains a high opinion of his hometown team.
"Every time I go down to there it is fun," said Jones. "Maryland is a good school academically and the campus is great, I like it a lot."
Jones was last on campus for Maryland's junior day on Feb. 16 and despite being a Duke basketball fan he had a great experience
"I went to the Maryland-Duke [basketball] game, that was awesome," said Jones. "It was great seeing how crazy all the fans were going, I even got a video of everyone rushing the court."
Jones plans to return to campus in the next couple of weeks and he has been building a good relationship with wide receiver coach Lee Hull.
"He [Hull] says he is taking one receiver in my class and he really wants me to be that player," said Jones. "He says he can see me being great in their offense and he wants me to come down for a practice and stuff."
Maryland remains high on Jones' list even though his older brother, Troy Jones Jr., recently left the Terrapins' football program.
"I have talked with the coaches about the whole thing," said Jones. "There are no bad feelings there."
Jones visited Rutgers last week and has plans to visit Michigan and South Carolina in mid-April. He also hopes to make a trip out west to see Oregon this summer.
As far as making a decision, Jones said he is keeping is options open and does not want to rush the process.
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