Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) Freshman cornerback Deon Jones has a funny story to tell. In mid-October, during his lunch period, Carroll's head coach, Rick Houchens, came up to him with a somber look on his face. The longtime D.C. coach instructed Jones to meet him in his office because one of his teachers had caught him cheating on a test.
"I was like, ‘What? What? There's now way,'" Jones said. "Then my coach was like, ‘Well, how does it feel to get your first offer from Clemson University?' I was blown away, man. I was so happy, and really shocked. It's great to have an offer as a freshman."
Jones, a 6-foot-1, 177-pound phenom who looks like an upperclassman, said he doesn't know much about the Tigers -- or any other college program for that matter. After all, he still has four more years of high school remaining.
"I've got plenty of time to think about all that stuff [recruiting]," said Jones, who recently ran a 4.4 40-yard dash. "Right now I just want to work on my game. I'm a big hitter and I can come up and make a tackle, but I have to work on some technique and form things to get to where I need to be as a player. Top-end speed, not peaking into the backfield – those are other areas I'm working on. Once I get all that down, I'll be even better."
The freshman corner may not be paying much attention to colleges, but he does know a little about the hometown school. He said the fact that Maryland is just a few miles away makes them a potentially attractive option.
"I like that my family could see me play and I like that they're moving to the Big Ten, which is a great conference," said Jones, who has never been to a game in Byrd Stadium or talked to area recruiter Mike Locksley. "It would mean a lot if they offered, because I watched them a lot of TV growing up.
"I know some guys at Maryland, too, like Yannick [Ngakoue] and Jermaine [Carter]. Then my brother went to school with Cavon Walker when he was at Dunbar."
Jones' coach, Rick Houchens, has also spoken highly of Maryland. Houchens plans to take Jones and his Carroll teammates to another Terps game coming up, likely the home finale.
"I'll go over to Maryland eventually, and I'll definitely get to a camp out there this summer," Jones said. "I'll be taking a few visits this summer."
One other school that Jones mentioned was West Virginia, though, again, he hasn't put much thought into visits or recruiting.
"I do like Maryland," Jones said. "I like what they're doing over there."
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