Kansas State's Michael Smith traveled back to his home state of Louisiana during the summer to visit with potential recruits for the class of 2012. While in the city of Mandeville, located across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, he offered stand-out running back Charles Jones, and he committed right away.
"Coach Smith is cool," said Charles Jones. "They way he talks to you, with honesty and sincerity, you know you can trust him. I like the season [Kansas State] had this year. I watched a lot of games and like the way the head coach deals with the players. Plus, it's a great school."
Jones, 5-foot-11, 190-pounds, rushed for 1,760 yards and 20 touchdowns in 15 games for the Skippers as a senior player. He was the team's workhorse. Davis had 32 carries for 199 yards and three touchdowns in their 33-28 win against Northshore in week eight.
"One of my best strengths is being able to make a play coming out of the backfield," Jones said. "This year I had 31 receptions for 321 yards. I work for the hard yards. I also think I have good vision and breakaway speed."
Jones had 213 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown in Mandeville's 38-37 win against Parkway in double overtime in the second round of the Louisiana 5A play-offs. The team made it to the state semi-finals where they fell to eventual state champ, West Monroe. Jones was named District 6/5A MVP and All-State Honorable Mention.
"This was not only the furthest I've been in the play-offs," said Jones, "but the furthest the team has gone in school history."
This was Jones' third season as a starter at Mandeville, but has been on the team since his freshman year. Head Coach Guy LeCompte has called him "one of the hardest workers" he's ever coached as well as an "outstanding team leader." Now, after a great season, he's ready to take a trip to his future college destination, Manhattan, Kansas.
"I'm going to be leaving on Friday with my mom to go on my official visit," Jones said. "It's something I've been looking forward to for awhile. I can't wait."
Jones will have a ceremony at school on signing day with possibly two or three other of the Skippers' players. To stay in shape during the spring, Jones will compete in the 100, 200, and 400 meter dash for Mandeville track. He reports a 4.5 personal best in the 40-yard dash.
Committed to K-State: Charles Jones
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