Recruiting Update: Roddy Jones

Roddy Jones is a talented and accomplished running back from Chamblee High School. GoJackets.com spoke with Roddy on Tuesday after he returned from playing a baseball game for his school where they won 4-2. Jones was at Georgia Tech recently on the weekend of Junior Day, though he actually was there the day before the rest of the prospective student-athletes were which gave him a lot of one-on-one contact with players and coaches.

Roddy Jones is a talented and accomplished running back from Chamblee High School. GoJackets.com spoke with Roddy on Tuesday after he returned from playing a baseball game for his school where they won 4-2. Jones was at Georgia Tech recently on the weekend of Junior Day, though he actually was there the day before the rest of the prospective student-athletes were.

"I didn't actually make it to their Junior Day but I did go up there that Friday before," Jones said. "Junior Day was on a Saturday. I made it up there on a Friday and it was a little more personal because, you know, it was just me. I got to see everything that the recruits got to see on Saturday. That was really fun. We got to see the weight room, facilities; we got to talk with a member of the academic team. We got to see the guys workout. We got to see a lot of stuff. It was really fun. I was very impressed."

One advantage of being there on Friday versus Saturday is that the weather was more cooperative that day.

"Yeah, it was beautiful on Friday," Jones said. "I mean, we got to take a tour around campus in a golf cart, we saw dorms, it was a beautiful day."

One of the golf cart stops was to the dorm of a former player from his high school and current Yellow Jacket linebacker.

"I went to one of the dorms of one of the football players that played here, Travis Chambers, over at Chamblee," Jones said. "I knew him and the coaches called him up and told him that I was down there and so he said that we could go and see his dorm. So, it was a cool experience."

For most of the visit though, Roddy was with the coach who is recruiting him for Tech.

"I was with Coach BJ (Brian Jean-Mary – Linebackers) most of the time and he was the one who really showed us around and took us around the campus and showed us the facilities," Jones said. "I got to talk to Calvin Johnson and Reggie Ball real briefly. I got to talk to a safety up there. It's just seeing guys around, you know, stop and talk to them, ask them some questions. We got to talk to Coach (Chan) Gailey though, that was pretty cool."

In high school, Roddy, plays almost exclusively at running back.

"I play defense in spot situations (SS/OLB): third downs or in big games whenever they need me to play defense," Jones said. "Most of the time though Coach likes to keep me fresh for offense."

Jones put up some gaudy numbers in his junior campaign.

"I had 1,654 yards, 24 touchdowns in 11 games," Jones said. "I sat out one game because I sprained my knee. We went to the playoffs, went to the second round. We lost to Rome in the second round; beat Mays in the first round."

As for the upcoming season Jones said, "We're returning a lot of guys. We getting just about our entire linebacking corp back. We're losing a receiver. We're losing our quarterback and we're losing our defensive backs but as far as the lines go, we're getting a lot of guys back. So, we're looking to go even further than we did last year."

Several others on Roddy's team may be college bound for football as well. Other prospects, according to Jones, include, "Nicolai Schwarzkopf, he's a tight end. We've got a guy Ivan Sharpe and Chris Parks, who are all getting looks from people."

Though GT is his only offer at this time Roddy said that other teams are in contact, "Georgia sends me a lot of stuff. Florida has been sending me a lot of stuff… Maryland, LSU, Michigan State, Miami, Clemson, Auburn, Tennessee… that's about it."

When asked about attending summer camps Jones said, "I am, I'm not quite sure which ones but I definitely want to make some that are close. I'm probably going to camp at Georgia and Georgia Tech definitely. Auburn, Clemson, places around here within a decent drive."

Given the camping locations, can we assume that he's likely to stay focused in the southeast for recruiting?

"Yes sir, unless… Notre Dame is another one that's been sending me a lot of stuff lately," Jones said. "If they were to offer and were the right fit then I would definitely go to them but other than that I'm pretty much looking to stay in the southeast."

For his current favorites, Jones said, "Top 5 would be Tech, Georgia, Notre Dame, LSU and Auburn right now."

Roddy talked about the factors that would play the biggest parts in helping him choose a school.

"I'm going to look at the academics," Jones said. "I'm going to look at what they're putting into the football program. I'm going to be looking at the environment, the campus life and how that is. A lot of it is just going to be the feeling I get while I'm there."

Jones said he'd be ready to make his final decision, "When I feel that I've seen everything I need to see and I know school I want to go to then I'm going to do it then. Whether that's before the season or the day before Signing Day, I don't know, we'll see."


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