Cass Tech's Jones Ready to Explode

One of the instate prospects to make it to Ann Arbor for Saturday's junior day was Cass Tech RB Teric Jones. The speedy junior had already been to this summer's technique camp and did well enough to be invited back. Jones talked with us about his improvement over the summer, the upcoming season and the schools interested in him early on.

After scoring 16 touchdowns in his first four games on the Junior Varsity last season, it was clear Teric Jones needed to be moved up. With talented backs like Indiana bound Cortez Smith ahead of him, Jones didn't make too much of an impact, but that is about to change.

This summer, Jones has impressed scouts and coaches at every combine or camp he has been to. At the ThinkPAL Detroit combine, he was one of the fastest players there, clocking a blistering 4.39 in the forty yard dash. Then it was over to Ann Arbor for the Wolverine Technique School where he was able to catch the watchful eye of the maize and blue and also got to see close friend William Campbell become the team's first commitment for 2009. This past weekend, Jones, accompanied by Campbell, returned to Ann Arbor for Junior Day.

"It was interesting," Jones said of the event, "I'm really loving their campus. I went with William Campbell and my coach and when we got their they had our name tags printed out and everything. The position coaches greeted us and had a short conversation and congratulated Will on his commit. "

One of the highlights of summer camp for Jones was getting invited to have lunch with some of the coaches. Saturday, he once again got a chance to have a conversation with the staff over lunch.

"We took a tour and after the tour we ate lunch and all the coaches ate at mine and Will's table. They were saying I'm a good athlete and I should have at least 1000 yards this year."

All-Purpose yards might be a better measure of his success as Cass Tech plans on using their young talent as a slot receiver in addition to running back. He has been working hard, heeding advice he has gotten along the way, making sure he will have an impact.

"Scouts keep telling me I need to gain a little weight," said Jones, who measured at 175 lbs at an earlier summer combine, but is now over 180, "in general, I hear ‘you have incredible speed, once get a little bigger, you'll be all set.' So I've been lifting like crazy, I've gained six pounds, but I'm trying not to go over 200 because I don't want it to take away from my movement."

Even though it is still early and Jones has a lot to prove, that hasn't stopped schools from recruiting him. He reports interest from Stanford and Cincinnati in addition to the Wolverines. Even though his teammates at Cass are in his ear, he is doing his best to keep an open mind.

"All the schools are pretty even," he said, "I know Michigan has a lot of talent coming in this year. But Boo-Boo (Boubacar Cissoko) and Will want me to go to Michigan."

First things first though for Jones, as he is now done with camps and fall practice is ready to commence. All his hard work and dedication is in preparation for August 25th at Ford Field when the Technicians take on Orchard Lake St. Mary's.

"That day is my time to shine!" he said excitedly, "I just can't wait for the season!"

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