The prestigious Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Ga., are known mostly for their standout academics and penchant for producing lacrosse players, but that didn’t stop the Terps’ coaches from identifying a potential football target. Outside linebacker Truman Jones pulled his very first offer from Maryland Jan. 30.
“I was really happy to get my first offer and to get the recruiting process started,” Jones said. “Now I just have to keep working, because I know schools are showing interest and are willing to take a chance on me. But it’s great to get the offer from Maryland and I’m thankful for it.”
The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Jones landed the offer from UMD assistant Brawley Evans, who conversed with the recruit after school Jan. 30.
“Coach Evans talked about how he wanted me to visit and he knew more offers would be coming for me, so he was glad to offer me fist,” Jones said. “He likes my speed at outside linebacker and thinks I’d be a great fit at Maryland. He sounded like a really nice guy. I look forward to getting to know him more.”
Beyond the brief conversation Jones held with Evans, the Atlanta native admitted he knew little of Maryland. He has seen them on TV before, though, and mentioned the Under Armour jerseys grabbed his attention.
“And I’ve heard great things about the program in general from some other guys down here,” Jones said. “I know a few [recruits] from [Georgia] are going up to Maryland, so that’s pretty cool. But right now I’m still learning about them.
“The thing that’ll help them a little bit is they were the first to offer. I’ll keep them in mind.”
Jones is also receiving interest from Wake Forest. The only school he’s visited, though, is nearby Georgia Tech. At this stage, Jones isn’t sure which locales he’ll be able to visit this offseason, but would like to take in all the programs that eventually offer him.
“I definitely want to hear from Stanford and Georgia Tech. I’m big on academics; that’s a main concern for me,” said Jones, an honors student. “Also, I want to find a place with a great all-around college experience and where I’m comfortable around the program.”
In addition to his football looks, Jones is also being recruited for lacrosse and has several attractive options. He said he hasn’t completely decided which sport he’d like to play in college, mentioning he’s “open to both.”
“It’s going to depend on the school and what they have to offer me academically and athletically,” Jones said. “We’ll have to see what happens down the road.”