Competitive Playmaker Ready For UM

Rashaun Jones will be a freshman for the Hurricanes this fall after a solid senior season at Columbia High School in Lake City. He had a number of major scholarship offers early in the process and chose the Hurricanes over North Carolina State on signing day.

As a wide receiver Jones had 21 catches for 390 yards and two touchdowns. On defense is where he separated himself as an elite prep star. Jones recorded a single-season school record with eight interceptions. He also registered 60 tackles and 19 pass breakups.

Jones projects as a defensive back and reminds head coach Larry Coker of Earl Little, a former Hurricane and current member of the Cleveland Browns.

"For us he'll be a safety or a cornerback," Coker said. "He has safety size and has cornerback skills."

In high school Jones was listed at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. He has put on weight since then.

"Right now I am 6-2 and 195 pounds," said Jones.

"I want to get to about 200 or 205 pounds by the time season starts."

If Jones gets to his ideal weight he will be in the safety range, but that is not his preference.

"I want to play cornerback. Hopefully I can stay there, but I might move to safety with my size."

Jones is an exciting player and is a playmaker—two qualities the Hurricane coaching staff loves in a player. His competitiveness is what separates him from other players. If he shows up on campus and works hard in fall practices he will have a chance to play on special teams this year instead of redshirting like most incoming freshmen.

He is excited to be a Hurricane, but the decision was not easy. He chose Miami over North Carolina State, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Syracuse. Right now he is happy the process is over with and glad to be a Hurricane.

"I feel pretty good about it. It is a childhood dream and I can't wait to get there."

Jones will arrive on campus July 5th for the second summer session so he can workout with the team during involuntary workouts prior to fall practices. Jones's high school teammate George Timmons will also make the trip down on July 5th.

The two are often compared to each other because of their defensive abilities and ability to make big plays. Jones and Timmons (both have qualified academically) will be paired up together throughout their careers at Miami and that is just fine with Jones.

"We get along pretty good. I've grown up with him and we used to live real close to each other until he moved. It will be good to have him at the same school because he is someone I can lean on. We are used to each other."

Both players play hard especially in crunch time. Although they are similar they do have differences in their game.

"Our styles are different. I can cover better, but he can run better."

Along with Timmons, Jones already knows Antrel Rolle and Kelly Jennings. Jones is familiar with Jennings from their high school days.

Jones is ready to be a Hurriance, but is not sure what number he will be.

"I want to get jersey number one, my high school number, but I don't think Roscoe Parrish is going to give that up. I'm not sure what number I will get."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com.

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