2014 Minnesota RB Gets UI Offer, Attends Camp

The Fighting Illini football coaching staff continues to expand its search for top players. It has probed Minnesota and found several prospects including running back Jeff Jones. The 2014 speedster visited Illinois recently after receiving a scholarship offer.

Jeffrey Jones got some good news from Illinois recently. He reciprocated by visiting the campus for the Friday Night Lights summer camp.

"Illinois offered me; I was really excited. It made me work hard at their camp, the fact I am appreciated by the coaching staff.

"That was my third offer; Minnesota was the first. And right after Illinois offered me, Iowa offered me also."

Jones is a promising running back from Washburn High School in Minneapolis. Since this interview, he has added offers from Wisconsin and Michigan State and says Notre Dame is recruiting him hard also. He describes his game.

"I'm great in the open field. I have great vision, I can accelerate and decelerate pretty good. I want to work on keeping my pad level low. My ball security is not too bad, but I need to stay with it at all times."

The Illini one-day camp gave him tools to improve his game while also showcasing Jones's skills.

"I think I really did good this camp. I was just basically learning from the coaches and tweaking some things the coaches gave to us. They're pretty good in these drills."

The 6'-0", 190 pounder is fortunate to have the help needed to visit a variety of schools some distance from his northern home.

"This summer, I'll be visiting the schools that have offered me. I have a camp called 'Sound Mind, Sound Body' in Michigan. And I'm going to go to Iowa State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Iowa.

"My coaches have been helping me out. And Levi Bradley has been helping me get recruited and with my transportation and communicating with these coaches."

UI assistant coach Mike Ward is his primary recruiter. He was asked if he will make it back to Illinois this summer.

"For sure, I'm coming back here to Illinois to visit."

Jones claims to have no special favoritism to his home state school.

"The Minnesota coaches offered me first, but I'm pretty open right now. It really doesn't matter. I've just got to look at the schools and think about the academics and weight programs. The Big Ten schools always have strong academics."

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