Live Eval: RB Tyren Jones

Tyren Jones is one of the top running backs in the country and he seems to have perform best on the biggest stages. He did so Saturday when he ran for 302 yards and scored five touchdowns.

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When many were sleeping Saturday night, Tyren Jones was running and weaving through the Brookwood defense. The game ended around midnight and Jones had run for 302 yards on 30 carries and scored five touchdowns.

Jones did it again.

When eyes are on him, he performs at a very high level.

Here is Jones' Scouting Report after seeing him play in the Georgia Dome.

Prospect: Tyren Jones
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
High School: Walton
Class: 2013
Position: Running Back Size: 5-9/202
Ranking on Scout: Recruiting Notes: He is currently committed to run the ball for the University of Alabama. Jones recently visited Georgia and the Dawgs among others schools are still in pursuit. He plans to take some of his official visits.

Live Evaluation: Walton vs. Brookwood in the 2012 Corky Kell Classic on Saturday Aug. 25.

Strong Points:

There are so many strong points when talking about Jones as a running back. He does so many things well and here is what he showed on Saturday night.

Vision is one of his biggest strengths. He sees things well before the normal person would. He just has a great feel, he sets up his blocks, he sees daylight to the backside of plays, and he sees holes developing before they are actually there.

Quickness something he displayed in numerous ways while playing in this game. He has extremely quick feet, he changes direction on a dime, and he makes very quick decisions when he has the ball in his hands. He accelerates very quickly as well.

Jones runs with patience and he just has a great feel for the position. He gives the guys in front of him time to do their job and he lets things develop before making his push up the field.

There is an art to taking a hit and Jones has that. Very rarely does he take a big lick from a defender because he knows how to set up his body, how to get down, how to spin away from a big blow, and that makes him one of the most durable backs in this class.

He has a great spin move and that is just one way he makes defenders miss. He has great quickness laterally, he can stop and go on the snap of a finger, and he is extremely tough to tackle in the open field.

One of the biggest reasons he is successful is his balance. He is very tough to bring down because he runs low to the ground, he runs behind his pads, and his balance is such a good trait.

Jones could be the best back at catching the football in the country. He has receiver-like hands, he catches the ball consistently, and this is another strength of his as a running back.

Areas for Improvement:

He is right at 5-feet 9-inches tall, so he is not the biggest back in the height department, but he is big enough. Some want to hold that against him or question that about his ability on the next levels, but it will not affect him when he gets to college.

He is more of a quick than fast back and that is OK. He does not have that second gear and he is not what we would call a burner, but trust me, he is plenty fast enough. He very rarely gets caught from behind, he has broken plenty of 50 plus yard runs in his career, and this is not a big area of concern.

Jones is closer to topped out as a prospects, so he does not have a lot of upside there. His body may add another 5-10 pounds, but he will not get much bigger or much better overall as a running back. Is that a real concern? No. He has the ability, strength, and skills to be a very successful back in college right now.


Jones is one of the most complete backs in the country. He does so many things well out of the backfield. He has great quickness, he has vision you cannot teach, his balance is one of his biggest strengths, and he accelerates very quickly. He also spins out of tackles, he gets yards after contact, and he is very durable, so there is so much to like about Jones. He is more of a quick back than a fast back, but his speed is a little deceiving. He is currently the no. 19 running back in the country and he will likely be a top 10 back very soon.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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