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Signing Day Spotlight: Evan Jones

The letter is in for Conyers (GA) Salem DB Evan Jones. Here's a closer look at the new Illini signee.

Commitment Date: 1/24/2016

Twitter Handle: @LegitEv

Why Illinois?

"I chose the University of Illinois because it fit my academic and athletic expectations.  I'm looking forward to doing something special at Illinois.  I bonded with the coaching staff and liked the campus.  It just felt like home."

Evaluation:

Jones is a great athlete.  He reportedly runs a 40-yard dash in the 4.4's and, at 6'-2" 180 pounds, can fly around the field.  

He informed us that Illinois projects him to play cornerback.  Based on his senior film (below), he appears to be more comfortable as a free safety, where he can read and react to plays and fly to the ball.

He is a good form-tackler, wrapping up with textbook technique.  He is effective in shedding blockers and getting to the ball carrier.  If he does indeed play cornerback, I would like to see him be more aggressive in pressing his man at the line of scrimmage, as he appears to struggle a bit in coverage within the first five yards of the line of scrimmage.

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