Zook vs Weis

Chicago (Ill.) quarterback Demetrius Jones (6-3, 185, 4.5) says Illinois (offer) and Notre Dame (offer) lead solidly over Texas Tech, Ohio State and Tennessee.

"I'm solid with these two schools for now," says Jones, from Morgan Park High School. "Illinois was actually the first school to offer.

"I like how they're local and how coach (Ron) Zook is an offensive-minded type of guy. I could be a real playmaker there as a QB because they've got the kind of offense that I've grown up playing in high school, and it's something that I know I could play. I talk with coach Zook a lot.

"Education-wise, Notre Dame is great. They're not too far from home either. Coach (Charlie) Weis was a dominant figure in the NFL, and he's the real mastermind to turn that program around. They've really got some great prestige.

"I also like how well known they are and how they get a lot of publicity. A degree from there would be great.

"Texas Tech has definitely indicated offering. They want me there for a spring game. And I sent my transcripts out to Ohio State last week, so I'm waiting to hear back from them. Tennessee's coaches want me there for a spring game as well.

"I was at the Army All-American combine on January 14, 15 and 16. And I was at Illinois' JR Day on February 27, as well as Notre Dame's JR Day during the first weekend in March.

"I'm still undecided on where I'm going to go for the summer, but if I go to a camp it will be at either Illinois or Notre Dame.

"Whenever I find out what fits me all-around with a program is when I'll make the decision to commit.

Michigan and Iowa State have also offered says Jones.

"I've got great leadership skills…I mean I'm the commander-in-chief of the offense. In clutch situations, I can throw it deep or short and I use my feet well to create plays. I can roll well to the left or the right. I need to work on gaining a better release, and reading defenses quicker. I also need to work on my footwork."

Final JR (12-1) stats: 2300 yds pass/25 TDs; 1000yds rush/18 TDs


Illini Inquirer Top Stories