Player Profile: Jason Jones School: Pasadena City College
Hometown: Van Nuys, CA
Weight: 325 pounds
Idaho hit the recruiting trail hard looking to boost its interior defensive line for next season, and recruits simply don't come much bigger than Jason Jones, a JC prospect recruited by several universities this year, including NC State and Toledo. As a high schooler at Van Nuys High School, he was a three-year starter on the football team and a two-year starter in basketball. His highlights include helping VNHS reach the city championship game played at the LA Coliseum.
At Pasadena City College in 1999 he began his career as an offensive lineman, then was moved over to the defensive line part-way through the season (he finished his freshman year with 10 tackles and 1 QB hurry). He signed a letter of intent to play football at Illinois State University following that season, but left Illinois before his career there officially began.
He returned to PCC and this season immediately became a fixture on the defensive line. If you're a pure stats junky, we'll tell you now that he had solid but not incredible, earth shattering stats this year: 13 total tackles (4 assisted, 9 unassisted), 2 sacks, and 3 tackles for loss equaling -3yds. However, hidden in these stats is the fact that his exceptional size routinely made him the target of double and triple team blocking schemes. More importantly, Jason helped anchor a Pasadena team which this season went 10-1, won the Mission North Conference, and beat there opponents by an average margin of 42-17.
As stated by PCC defensive line coach Jeff Wilkinson, "I first noticed the patience he has to feel what an offensive lineman is attempting to do play-after-play, and once he connects with the man he must defeat, it becomes a long day for any offensive lineman facing him." At 6-4, 325 pounds, Jason's got the size, strength and enough speed to be a true headache at the D-1 level.
Head coach Tom Cable and the defensive staff believe that Jason is one of the "prizes" in this year's recruiting class. It's hard to disagree, and Mr. Jones is definitely one athlete we look forward to seeing a lot of on the Palouse next season.
Idaho Press Release - Jason Jones Signs.
SPOTLIGHT: DT Jason Jones [MEDIA:20319]
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