Ville Platte ATH has First Offer

Ville Platte HS surprised many people last year by racing to a 7-0 start and eventually posting an 8-3 mark. The top player for the Bulldogs is ATH Cody Jones...

"I got my first offer on Tuesday from Lamar University," said Cody Jones, the '12 quarterback from Ville Platte HS. "Lamar is recruiting me as an athlete. They told me they just recruited a QB, but I can help them out at either wide receiver or defensive back. They like the way I move.

"Position doesn't matter to me. I'm also hearing from UL, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Alabama and McNeese State. Those schools are telling me to come to their camps. I've also heard from Stanford. I'm an real education-oriented person. My mom insists that I handle my business when it comes to academics. I have a 3.8 GPA and I've scored a 21 on the ACT."

Last year, Jones threw for over 1,600 yards with 15 touchdowns and added just under 1000 yards on the ground. He averaged more than 11 yards per carry.

The defining game for Ville Platte in 2010 came in district play when the Bulldogs defeated previously-undefeated Loreauville.

"I messed up (twisted) my ankle on the first drive against Loreauville," recalled Jones (6-0, 180). "When I went back into the game, my line told me they had my back.

"I ended up with 319 yards passing that night. It built my up confidence, because I realized I could stand in the pocket and deliver the football. I sat back and showed I could pass (and not just run)."

Jones is also an exceptional basketball player, having led his team to the Top 28 this spring (lost to Evangel Christian in the semis).

"I was All-Parish MVP, All-District MVP and Honorable Mention All-State in basketball," said Jones.

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