Gilman's Jones Surprised by Early Attention

After taking two Gilman (MD) players in the 2010 class, targeting another in the 2011 class, Iowa has now extended an offer to a 2012 running back.'s Josh Harvey caught up with the soon to be junior ball carrier.

Iowa may still be looking to land their first running back commitment in the 2011 recruiting class, but it hasn't stopped them from targeting some of their early 2012 guys. One of those backs is Gilman (MD) School soon-to-be junior Cyrus Jones. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound ball carrier has verbal offers from Iowa, Maryland, Pitt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and UVA.

"It feels great. I didn't expect to have this many offers at this point. I knew that I would probably have one or two, but not this many," said Jones to "It makes me feel like my work has paid off. I have been dreaming about this since little league. I have always worked hard to try to get to the next level."

A teammate of 2011 wide receiver target Darius Jennings, Jones was able to check out Iowa City and the Hawkeyes' campus last summer during a camp.

"I like them (Iowa) a lot. Coach Wilson is a great guy. He really seems interested in me. The coaching staff seems to be really down to earth and that is nice," said Jones. "When I took a visit there LSAT summer for a camp, it was a really cool place. Of course, it's far from home, but the coaching staff and school looked like a great place to play."

With visit No. 1 a great experience, it was no surprise when the 2012 back informed he would like to make another trip to Iowa City in the future.

"I'm thinking about taking a visit down there for a game this year," said Jones. "I want to get a feel for the atmosphere on game day. I don't know what game, but I'm planning on it."

Unlike most talented 2012 prospects, who hit camp circuits to get name recognition, Jones has been working out in Baltimore, not completely focused on his recruiting.

"The biggest thing is that I'm trying to get faster and stronger. That is basically it. It's the only important thing that matters," said Jones. "I didn't hit any camps this summer, but I took a visit to Ohio State with Darius. It was in late June. I'm also planning to hit West Virginia before school starts, but that is basically it."

With six offers in hands and eventually more on the way, Jones is looking for a balance school. One that can offer him a decent education. He reports a 3.4 GPA and has always felt his grades were important.

"I don't have any favorites right now, but one that does standout a bit is West Virginia. My father played basketball there. I really like their offense there. They feature their running backs a lot," said Jones.

So how does he describe himself as a back?

"I just think that I'm a play-maker. I find ways to help my team anyway possible. I'm quick and like to have the ball in my hands, no matter where I'm at on the field," said the soon to be junior. will be monitoring Jones very closely this season and inform Iowa fans if anything breaks on his recruiting.

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