CN Scouting Report: Lorenzo Jones

<b>LAKE DALLAS, TX --</b> The last regular season weekend of Texas 5A football found the 7-2 McKinney Lions facing the 8-1 Lake Dallas Falcons. It was the first opportunity to check out another potential Cyclone recruit, Lorenzo Jones. He is a 6' 3 ½", 294 pound defensive lineman for the playoff-bound Lions.

On this night, Lorenzo Jones primarily played the defensive tackle position, but he was also able to line up in the nose guard position several times during the evening. He spearheaded the defensive effort for the Lions, as they held the Falcons to less than 200 yards total offense in a 30-8 victory. In fact, 65 of those yards came on a long touchdown pass in the fourth quarter when McKinney was substituting players liberally.

The first thing that sticks out when it comes to Jones is his size. He is a big young man, but another good trait showed up immediately: speed. According to, he has run a 5.1 40. That's moving for a young man pushing three bills! Not only was he fast, but he moved fluidly. It seemed that he moved pretty effortlessly for a large man.

The first example of this was seen in the first quarter on a center screen. After an initial block, Jones was let loose in the backyard to set up the screen. But he was almost able to blow up the play by reaching the quarterback before the pass. Somehow, the quarterback got the pass over him for a short gain.

His only sack on the night came later in the game on a bull rush over the left guard. He just kept pushing the guard back until he was beside the quarterback. Jones then took two quick steps to the left and crushed the quarterback for a substantial loss.

For a majority of the night, Jones was double-teamed by the center and guard. One play that stuck out was a run up the middle by the Falcons with a double-team on Jones. He was able to reach out from the double team and grab the running back near the shoulder as he ran by him. He didn't make the tackle, but he was able to hold him up enough to allow the linebacker to come up and make the tackle.

However, Jones did have some issues with the double team throughout the night. It will be something that he will have to work on in the future.

At this time, he is being recruited by Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, and Arizona. His first offer came from the Cyclones. According to an earlier article by Josh Clark, a lot of these schools have entered the race only recently. He supposedly has official visits set up with Oklahoma and Texas on the second and third weekends of December. But his first visit will be the first weekend of December in Ames. The competition is stiff, but this could be a valuable recruit to keep away from the powers of the Big XII South.

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