Big Florida Back Talks Recruiting, Hawkeyes

Dontae Jones of Evans High School in Orlando, Fla. had his coming out party at the Combine in Jacksonville. After missing half the season with an ankle injury, Jones was eager to show what he was capable of, and he didn't disappoint. Read more on Jones, as well as as why the Hawkeyes are one of the schools the 5-11, 211-pound running back is considering. The recruiting class of 2005 is having an effect on him...

Jones measured 5-11 and 211 pounds, and he ripped off an impressive forty of 4.68 into the wind, and he turned around and ran a 4.58 with the wind at his back. Either time is more than enough to consider a back of his size for a college scholarship, but he wasn't done there. His 4.47 shuttle time showed outstanding quickness for a player of his size, and he jumped an impressive 33.5 inches on his vertical.

"I ran for 738 yards and 10 touchdowns in five games last year," said Jones. I missed the last couple of games with a high ankle sprain."

Jones more than proved he was healthy again, and teams are starting to take a closer look at the big back from Orlando.

"I've been getting letters from teams like UCF, Florida, Florida state, Clemson, Iowa, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and NC State. UCF and Florida have been sending me handwritten letters. A lot of schools have invited me for their junior day, but I've only been able to go to UCF because of transportation problems."

Jones felt good about his time spent at the Combine in Jacksonville, and he should be extremely pleased with his performance.

"I went with two of my teammates, and I got to meet a lot of new people like C.J. Spiller and Donsay Hardeman. It was a great experience."

Jones has a Top 5 list that spans several regions. Who are the teams he is looking at the closest?

"My Top 5 right now is Iowa, Tennessee, Nebraska, UCF, and NC State."

What does he like about each of his favorites?

"I have a teammate at Iowa, Vernon Jackson, that tells me a lot about the school. I also like that they're in the Big 10. Tennessee has a great gameday atmosphere, and they run the football a lot. Nebraska has a powerhouse running game, and they have great fan support. UCF was the first team to send me a hand written letter, and they are close to home. I like NC State's style of offense too."

Jones is looking forward to getting back on the field and hitting some folks, and his Evans team will begin Spring Practice on May 2nd. They will conclude with a Spring Game against Merritt Island.

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