Charlie Jones had numerous offers from around the country, but only took one official visit. He only needed one to know that he wanted to attend the University of Miami. Jones will officially join the team in August, but will be participating with the team in summer workouts.
He is in the process of getting his physical cleared and expects to join the team for summer workouts on June 10. The earliest freshmen can join their teammates in the summer is June 2 or after they graduate from high school—whichever is later.
Jones is eager to get an early step on his peers at the running back position. In February Miami signed four running backs: Bobby Washington (Miami), Derron Thomas (Reserve, LA), and Andrew Johnson (Pittsburgh, PA). All of them are looking forward to the competition in the fall.
"It doesn't matter who is coming in," Jones said. "I think competition is going to make me better. I don't think there is going to be anyone out there that is going to work as hard as me."
Jones will have a lot of supporters rooting for him this fall.
"It is pretty exciting. All of my classmates and friends are rooting for me. They are going to come out and see me play. Hopefully I can do good and work myself into playing time this fall."
Recently Jones was given jersey number 34 by the Hurricanes. At 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds he will fill it out nicely. He wore number five in high school, but safety Greg Threat currently dons the five.
According to Jones, another South Florida running back was given his number. Bobby Washington, who also wore number five in high school, has been given number 25.
Jones was able to meet some of his future teammates during his official visit and by attending spring practices.
"I got to know Antrel Rolle, Quadtrine Hill, Kyle Wright, Kyle Cobia, and Talib Humphrey pretty well."
On Saturday, Jones ran into fellow incoming freshman Khalil Jones at The Source 4th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Celebrity Basketball Game. The two hung out together during the game and talked about being Hurricanes this fall.
"I think I am going to get along with Khalil pretty good."
Christopher Stock is a Staff Columnist for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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