JUCO Intro: Jay Jones

Louisiana Tech has raided the JUCO ranks for a wealth of talent in its 2011 recruiting class, and the Bulldogs - while scouting incoming WR Myles White - couldn't help but notice an undersized but highly talented scatback at Northwest Mississippi CC.

"I played my high school ball at Horn Lake High School in Mississippi," said RB Jay Jones, who just finished off an impressive freshman campaign at Northwest Mississippi Community College. "I signed with Mississippi Valley State out of high school, but when I got down there, things weren't as I thought they'd be and so I went to Northwest Mississippi.

"I thought about transferring in December, but the school I had in mind was Division II, so I decided to stick around for another year here and see what might open up. I have an offer from Murray State, and I've gotten letters from Arkansas and Louisiana Tech, and I just got one from the new recruiting coordinator at Florida."

Jones led his team in all-purpose yards (1,700), rushing (943) and touchdowns (11) last fall, and he played alongside incoming Bulldog WR Myles White.

"We went 9-0 in the regular season and were ranked No. 4 in the nation, but we lost to Mississippi Gulf Coast (and incoming Bulldog Jeremy Graffree) in the playoffs," said Jones. "Louisiana Tech's coach asked about me when he was here looking at Myles.

"Myles told him that I'm a freshman and that I should be hearing more from them over the next year."

How does Jones describe White, his former teammate?

"When I first found out that Myles originally played at Michigan State, I figured he would be real laid-back, but that wasn't the case," Jones said. "He was one of the hardest workers on the team. He's a winner and he won't let you get too down. If you make a mistake, he's the type of guy who's going to encourage you to forget about it and move on to the next play. He's going to do real good at Tech."

Scout's Take: Jones is undersized at 5-foot-6, but he uses his lack of height as an advantage. He often disappears into the midst of a horde of OL and defenders, only to emerge from traffic for a big gain down the field. He reaches full speed in a hurry, although he needs to work on finding an extra gear downfield.

He's a thick, strong back with soft hands who looks to be a durable and versatile player. Jones is a big-time weapon on screens and thrives as a single-back in a zone-blocking scheme.

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