Georgia Safety Jones Has UI Offer

The state of Georgia produces many high-caliber athletes who excel in football. So many, some excellent prospects get overlooked when compared with their highly rated peers. That may be the case with safety Chris Jones.

Illinois has four football coaches recruiting different parts of Georgia. Vic Koenning spotted Chris Jones and offered him a scholarship.

"I've been talking with Coach Koenning. He's really good. He's a nice guy. And I get a lot of emails from the school."

The Quitman, Georgia, native has only three offers so far.

"I've got Illinois, Troy and UAB."

College coaches must project his potential as a safety, as he played out of position last year.

"I did pretty good on defense last year. Our inside linebacker broke his leg, so they moved me inside. I played good inside. I played outside the year before. This year, I'm just a walk-down safety. So I'll play inside this year too."

Realizing his likely college position, the 5'-11", 185 pounder works on drills that will help prepare him for the next level.

"I'm gonna be a strong safety, I know that. I'm good against the run. I work on pass drills one-on-one every day. I'm getting better on my coverage skills. I'd say I'm a B+ on coverage. I'm working on back pedaling, turning, breaking on balls and tackling. Everything."

Jones also plays offense for Brooks County High School.

"I play running back and fullback. This will be my first year starting at running back. I played fullback last year."

Other than one camp, Jones hasn't had a chance to get out and visit interested colleges.

"I went to a Georgia camp. I played against a lot of good athletes and learned a lot. I haven't visited any schools yet. Hopefully I can visit Illinois."

At this point, Jones has minimal needs when selecting a college.

"I'm just looking for a school that likes me. Wherever I can play is fine. I'm really interested in Illinois. I don't know when I will decide on a school.

Brooks County figures to do well this fall.

"We went 7-5 last year. We got out in the third round of the playoffs. This year is looking pretty good for us. Last year we had three or four seniors, so we have a lot of guys returning."

Jones has big plans for his future beyond football.

"I want to major in Agricultural Engineering. That's the pathway I've been taking."


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