Sleeper DL Emerging

It's the same story, just another year. Players from talent-rich Miami-Dade County emerge on a regular basis. This time, meet Southwest standout defensive lineman E.J. Jones.

At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, Jones is part of a team that's really struggling this season and that might be one of the reasons for the lack of interest.

"A lot of people don't talk about me as being one of the best (players) around here (in Dade) but just watch me play and you'll see," Jones said. "We might be 0-5 as a team right now but if you focus on me, you'll see that I'm always going 100 miles per hour all the time."

Jones, who took the ACT this past weekend and plans on taking the SAT this Saturday, is coming off a junior season in which he had 88 tackles and five sacks. Things haven't been as easy this year.

"It's crazy man," he said. "All teams do is run the ball against us so I don't get many chances to rush the passer. And when they run the ball, they always run to the other side so all my plays are chased down from behind."

Jones, who plays basketball and track during the offseason, said he feels good about his play because college coaches have noticed.

"I know that my team's record isn't going to attract anyone but my play will," he said. "I've been talking on the phone to Ole Miss, Miami, Florida, Rutgers, and a couple others."

Jones said he's been talking with UM receivers coach Curtis Johnson on a regular basis.

"I talk to him a lot," he said. "He just tells me to keep working hard, stay focused, and maintain my grades."

Jones has not yet received an offer from the Hurricanes but believes that may not be too far away.

"I think they're getting close," he said. "They wanted to see more games I guess. I'm just going to keep working hard."

The talented defensive lineman, whose parents both attended the University of Florida (father, Eugene, played football for the Gators), said he's not ready to name a favorite.

"I like all of them," he said. "UM's close to home and they win. Florida, I went there for the San Jose State game and liked it. Ole Miss is probably recruiting me the hardest. I'll visit those three and Rutgers for sure."

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