Commitment Analysis; SS/LB Reakwon Jones

Panama City (Fla.) Mosley High School class of 2015 strong safety/linebacker prospect Reakwon Jones committed to Florida Atlantic yesterday. Scout.com take a closer look at the 6-foot-1 and 210-pound rising senior who also considered an offer from South Alabama before making his decision.

Offers : Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, South Alabama, Southern Mississippi and Troy

Committed To: Florida Atlantic

What to Like

I really like the potential and production Reakwon Jones has shown not only on film but having had the chance to watch him in-person several times, once in spring practice and twice at summer camps. Jones has good size and length at 6-foot-1 and 210-pounds. He is a very aggressive and sure tackler. Jones has good speed and has a knack for getting to the football quickly. He looks like he understands the game and is good at reading his keys which allows him to make a lot of plays. On film he has shown the ability to weave his way through traffic to get to the ball carrier. Jones is a highly instinctive player who plays above his athletic ability. He looks as comfortable lined up at linebacker or as an in-the-box safety, which he does the majority of the time, as he does deep safety. He has shown in camps this summer that he can match up one-on-one with most wide receivers, running backs and certainly tight ends.

Questions and Areas for Improvement

The biggest question on Jones this spring and summer by recruiters has been whether to recruit him as a safety or a linebacker. A lot of schools have shown interest but not offered because they have questions on his ability in coverage as a safety and his potential to get big enough to be a linebacker. Jones doesn’t bend as well as you would like but it doesn’t seem to affect his production. He might be a little stiff in the hips but has still shown the ability to turn and run and be dependable in coverage. Some may question his top-end speed but he is football fast.

Thoughts

I think Jones will ultimately end up as a “Sam” or outside linebacker in college. He looks to have the frame to put on another 15 to 20-pounds once he gets into a college strength and conditioning program. Jones isn’t going to blow you away with his physical attributes or his combine numbers but he is a highly productive player. He will only get better has a football player once he settles in at one position and becomes more consistent fundamentally. In my opinion Jones has been under-recruited when you look at him from a scholarship offer standpoint. He will be a player that will continue to garner attention this fall and I wouldn’t be surprised if several programs out of the “Power Five” conferences don’t circle back with offers before February. Jones’ commitment is another solid pick up for Florida Atlantic and is the second pledge the Owls have received in a month from a north Florida prospect. New Florida Atlantic head football coach Charlie Partridge and his staff have done a great job recruiting north Florida and expanding their footprint in the state.


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