Rangy Texas Safety Hopes For Illini Visit

Fighting Illini football coaches continue to explore Texas in a quest for talent. Two coaches spend part of their time there, using contacts they established prior to working at the UI. The town of Katy produced UI freshman running back Donovonn Young, and the Illini are now recruiting another Katy product.

Adam Jones is a safety at Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas. Despite limited exposure, he has four solid Division-1 offers.

"I have offers from Illinois, Houston, Missouri and Colorado."

Transportation limitations have prevented him from getting out to visit schools who have offered.

"I visited Missouri once, but that is about it."

His camp experience has been limited to Texas schools.

"I've camped at Texas State, TCU and UTEP."

The 6'-3", 190 pounder hopes to set up an official visit with the Illini.

"I haven't gotten any official visits yet, but I hope to receive one from Illinois."

His abilities as a safety have to be appealing to many schools.

"My assets are strength, size and speed. I ran a 4.45 at one of the camps down here."

Illini assistant coach Ron West is recruiting Jones.

"I've talked to Coach West once or twice. I know they're in the Big 10, and I know they've had some pretty decent defenses the last two years and some good players go to the NFL."

Jones wants to play Division-1 football and get a good education.

"I want to go somewhere I can get a good Business major or Communications Major. And somewhere I can play football. How far away from home doesn't really matter. Other than that, I don't have any concerns about where I'll go."

Seven Lakes struggled on the field last fall.

"We didn't do too good. We went 4-6. Personally, I did pretty well."

Jones, who plays only defense, is looking forward to better results this fall.

"I expect our team to be solid this year, with our offense clicking every game. We have a lot of guys returning, a lot of experience, a lot of talent. We've got a few leaders on our team. We can do it."

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