Offers Rolling in for Phelon Jones

Cornerback Phelon Jones of McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, Ala., will be the third son of Tony Jones to play football in college. The talented Jones is rolling in the offers, and is planning on making an early decision. spoke Wednesday with Phelon and Tony.

The cornerback position is certainly on of need for the University of Michigan football program in this recruiting season. One top prospect from the state of Alabama was offered last week. "I picked up three offers last week, from Michigan, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech," Phelon Jones said. "(Tuesday) I received offers from Nebraska and Georgia Tech. I'm open and don't have a favorite." The offer list now stands at nine for Jones.

The 6-foot-0, 190-pound Jones plays all over the field. Last season he began at quarterback before being moved to wide receiver and corner. "Most schools are recruiting me as a cornerback," he said. "A couple have said they are impressed with me on both sides. I'm being recruited by Coach Fred Jackson at Michigan, I like him a lot, and they are recruiting me as a corner."

Football runs strong in the Jones family. Father Tony is the defensive backs coach at McGill-Toolen, and older brother Tiger Jones played for Louisville and is now a member of the Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League. Carvel Jones is an outside linebacker at Mississippi State, and cousin Robert McCune is a rookie linebacker with the Washington Redskins. "Phelon is humbled when those guys are at our house," Tony Jones said. "There are two pro football players and a kid playing in the SEC under the same roof, that is amazing and I'm so proud of all of them."

While the offers are coming in from all over the country, there is one region in particular that Jones is waiting to hear from. "He has a lot of favorite uncles in the Los Angeles area," The elder Jones said. "We're really waiting to hear from UCLA. If they start showing interest Phelon will be very interested in them."

The younger Jones said academics are priority No. 1 with regards to his college choice. "I want to study sports management, and when my football career ends I'd like to get into coaching," he said. "I'm also going to be looking at teams that will challenge for the National Championship." Jones reports a 2.8 grade-point average, and an 18 on the ACT.

Jones has already attended Junior Days at Alabama and Auburn. He said he would attend the Junior Day at Mississippi State on March 25. He is also considering heading north. "My mom went to Ohio State," he said. "She wouldn't mind if I went there, but she isn't pushing. We may go up there for a visit. If we do that there's a good chance we'll stop by Michigan too." It's been reported that Jones would attend the combine in Tuscaloosa, but he said that wasn't certain.

Football is not the only sport at which Jones excels. "Last year he tripled jumped 49-feet, seven-inches," Tony Jones said. "That was the longest jump in the nation for the 17-and-under age group. He was selected for the junior national team that went to Morocco, but we didn't let him go because of the current situation with terrorists."

Decision time will come quickly, according to Jones. He said he doesn't wish to extend the process into his season. "I might even choose a school before I visit," he said.

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