Three-star DB puts Louisville among favorites

Louisville moved early with a scholarship offer for three-star cornerback C.J. Jones and that offer has put the Cardinals in favorable position for the Wilmington, DE native. Jones spoke with about his interest in Louisville and a possible visit with the Cardinals this summer.

Louisville assistant Larry Slade is hitting the mid-Atlantic region hard. One of his top prospects in the region isC.J. Jones, a talented defensive back from Wilmington (DE) DuPont.

"I think Louisville is a great school and Coach Slade is a great defensive backs coach. And that is one of the reasons why Louisville is in my top (group). I also have a couple of friends that live in Louisville but that is all I really know about them until I come down and take my visit," said Jones.

While Jones excels on both sides of the ball, Louisville views him as a defensive back in college.

"The thing that they really like is my athletic ability and also me as a person," said Jones. "They got to see how good of a person I am on the field as well as off the field. They know that I do well in school and that is what they want in their program."

Louisville is not the only BCS program in pursuit of C.J.'s services. Jones currently has eight offers, including Rutgers, East Carolina, NC State, Delaware, Temple, Boston College and Duke.

"Right now I am working on technique stuff. I have been working on a lot of my quarterback stuff because I play quarterback for my high school," said Jones. "I am really hard on myself and I try to be the best so I just want to really get better at everything. And really I just want to work on my all around skills as a defensive back as I am heading into college. That way if I don't start I will at least have a chance to play right away as a freshman."

Early playing time is something that Jones says has been a topic of discussion for several of the coaches he's spoken with.

"A lot of coaches tell me as a true freshman I will have a good chance to play looking at the depth chart. That is the reason they have been coming so hard after me," said Jones. Jones says that he made only a couple of visits this spring and his summer plans are still in the works. One thing is for sure and that is he will be making a trip to Louisville.

"This spring I visited Penn State and Maryland but those were the only place I got to visit. I haven't had the chance to visit any of the schools that have offered me so far," said Jones. "Me and my parents are still working on visit date but I will be coming down (to Louisville) this summer. We are still in the process of figuring out what camps we want to attend this summer."

While on his visits C.J. is looking to find a place that fits him.

"A big thing is academics and how well the school balances academics and athletics. The tradition of the program will be a factor and location doesn't really matter to me. Also my social life and how well I will fit in at the school," said Jones.

The early offer from Louisville has put them in a very good position with Jones.

"I just really like everyone at the top right now but I really like Louisville from the very beginning because they were the first to offer me. I like all the schools right now until I get to take some visits this summer to see who is here and who is here. So that is my next step I am doing now," said Jones.

An early decision from Jones may be a situation to watch this summer.

"My time to make a decision is really up in the air right now. My parents want me to make a decision early and that will probably be the case. But we will have to see about that," said Jones.

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