Jones Takes in UM Practice

Homestead (Fla.) South Dade running back had a busy summer, as he attended several football camps including one at Miami. Now the talented runner is ready for his season to get started.

"We start [practice] on Monday," Jones said. "I can't wait. It's been too long. Everyone's been working real hard this summer and I'm ready to get going."

Jones is widely considered the state's best running back prospect since Frank Gore, who tore up opposing Dade County defenses three seasons ago.

"Frank had over 2,000 yards his senior year," he said. "That's what I'm shooting for. I was playing hurt last year and still got 1,500."

Jones is going to need help from his offensive line, which is smallish heading into the season.

"I was bigger than my center last year," he laughed. "Right now, I'm stronger than every offensive lineman we have so I'm hoping they're ready."

Jones and his teammates were tested inside the weightroom yesterday on the bench press. Jones put 315 up and power cleaned 250. They will test squats on Friday.

Jones, at 5-10 1/2 and 202 right now, took in a practice at Miami today.

"I just went by to check things out," he said. "They look real good out there. Frank looks great. Those guys are ready to get back at it, you can tell."

On the recruiting front, Jones said he's still high on the Hurricanes at this point.

"Miami's still at the top," he said. "I don't know when I'll commit or anything but there are other schools I'm still looking at."

Those other schools include Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Notre Dame -- all of whom have offered. Jones is aware of Adrian Peterson's recent visit to the UM campus.

"He's probably tight and everything but that doesn't bother me," he said. "He's got his own decision to make. Coach Soldinger said 'all I need is you and I'll be set' so I'm straight with that."

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