Undecided Dante Jones Still Up For Grabs

2013 cornerback/wide receiver, Dante Jones likes Maryland, but do the Terps like him?

Dante Jones, a cornerback/wide receiver from North Carolina would be a good catch for any program looking for an “explosive big playmaker,” as Jones described himself.

Working mostly on his speed over the offseason, he has transitioned to focusing on blocking, a part of his game he feels he needs to improve.

So far this season for Southeast Raleigh High School who has started with a record of 4-2, Jones has tallied over 300 receiving yards, 30 tackles, and two interceptions including a “pick six”.

Jones has not yet scheduled any official visits, but plans to do so in the next few weeks. With offers from Appalachian State and Duke thus far, he is still unsure about his whereabouts for next season.

Despite the Terps contacting Jones about a month after football camp, a Maryland commit at cornerback got in the way of the relationship.

“They kind of fell back on me a little bit at that time,” Jones said.

However, Jones says he is still interested in Maryland.

“I like the school, especially with the new uniforms and coaching staff,” Jones said.

He is of course referring to the new Under Armor uniforms which sport the Maryland flag, gaining national attention last year when the Terps opened their season against Miami on ESPN. Jones says he has good relations with new defensive coordinator Brian Stewart coming off a successful two-year stint with the Houton Cougars.

The young athlete also mentioned his friend Demetrius Hartsfield, a senior linebacker for the Terrapins. According to Jones, Hartsfield has tried to convince him to become a Terp, saying it is a very marketable place to be.

Jones feels he can be “an explosive, big playmaker” for whichever program he ends up at. It's only fitting his idols include DeSean Jackson and Percy Harvin. Besides his explosive speed, he prides himself on having a “good football IQ.”

Currently his top five schools are Appalachian State, Duke, North Carolina, Middle Tennessee, and Old Dominion (in no particular order).

A school's distance from home isn't a factor for Jones who says it all comes down to the philosophy of the coaching staff and the other people he'd be surrounded with.

Perhaps Coach Stewart and Demetrius Hartsfield can convince him to play for a Maryland program on the rise in a competitive conference.


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