Jones is a 5-foot-9.5 running back who this spring ran a 4.42 at the Scout.com Atlanta combine and was one of two running backs named to the Atlanta All-Combine Team. He says he currently has 10 offers, including one from Maryland, and that three schools stand out right now, with two of them at the top.
"The three that stand out the most now are probably Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke, with Georgia Tech and Maryland probably being my two favorites," said Jones, who added that Georgia Tech and Maryland are the two schools recruiting him the hardest.
So what makes Georgia Tech and Maryland stand out for him?
"Both of them have great academics and both of them compete every year in the ACC and they field good teams every year," he said. "I've visited both of the schools and Maryland's campus if beautiful and all the people there are just really cool and Georgia Tech is in downtown Atlanta and that's really cool and all the coaches are down to earth and straight forward with you."
Jones, who says he would like to make a decision before his senior year, visited College Park earlier this year and came away impressed with Maryland's campus and facilities.
"I took a tour of the campus, saw the student facilities and I just thought it was a beautiful campus," he said. "It was a beautiful day when I went up there. We went and saw the Comcast Center and that was just a great experience. It's a beautiful facility. We saw the field and [Byrd] Stadium and that was great. I saw the locker room and the field house and the weight room. It was just great."
Last season Jones rushed for 1,654 yards and scored 24 touchdowns. He describes himself as a very versatile player on the football field.
"I think I'm a running back who can do it all," he said. "I can catch out of the backfield even though our offense doesn't call for that too much. We're mainly a run based offense. I can run between the tackles which is what I'm called on to do a lot but I can run outside and break long runs. I think I run a lot bigger than I am. I get a lot of yards after contact and break a lot of tackles."
While it's often difficult to lure southern kids away from their home states and up north, Jones does have some family connections to the Maryland area.
"My grandmother lives up in Washington, DC and my dad grew up there so we've always been watching Maryland," he said. "And we were the first people to start cheering when Maryland won the national championship in basketball a couple years ago so I've had my eye on them for a while."
Jones says he would like to study sports management or business in college and he should have no troubles qualifying as he holds a 3.2 GPA and scored 1910 on the new version of the SAT.
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