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When Homestead (Fla.) South Dade standout running back Charlie Jones began his senior season last month, he was very excited about being healthy again.

"Having played all last year with a bad shoulder I was really looking forward to having a big year," Jones said. "But then I had this foot injury and I haven't been me all season. It's just not the same this year."

In addition to his injury, Jones has watched a very inexperienced offense struggle without his services.

"We're not where we need to be but I'm hoping to be back at 100-percent towards the second half of the season," he said. "This is tougher than last year because my foot prevents me from running hard the way I want to."

The talented running back, at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, is one of the nation's premier prospects at his position.

Injuries have gotten in the way of seniors years of some other great backs in this state over the years. Edgerrin James and Willis McGahee were both limited due to injuries in their senior years at Immokalee and Miami Central, respectively.

"I'll bounce back," Jones said. "This won't keep me down."

In the meantime, Jones is still commnicating with college coaches on a daily basis. It's keeping him busy.

"They're all still calling," he said. "But Miami is still in the lead. They're the front runner. It's just the right fit for me. I haven't committed yet but it's looking really good for Miami. I want to take a couple visits."

Jones has two official visits scheduled and is trying to make room for a third one.

"I go to Florida on January 9th and Ohio State on December 5th," he said. "I'm also considering going to Michigan for a visit."

Jones is a full academic qualifier.

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