Official visit puts Navy in lead for Jones

Elijah Jones traveled with his father coast-to-coast from Upland, Calif. to watch Navy do battle with the Fighting Irish on Saturday, November 1st at FedExField. Jones, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back, told GoMids.com that after watching the game and official visit to campus that Navy has shot to "the top of the list" alongside the Air Force Academy.

"A lady on the plane asked my why I was going to Annapolis," Jones said. "I told her I was taking a tour of the Naval Academy and she was really impressed. That's when it hit me how well-respected the Cadets are, so it got me very excited right away.

"First thing,, when we arrived at the stadium they took us to a suite where I got to meet the AD and there was food and stuff. Then we went down on the field during pre-game warm-ups and I met a few generals. Then we watched what turned out to be a pretty good game. I loved they way Navy played especially in the second half when they were trying to mount their comeback. It was great how well they bounced back. The secondary played hard and aggressive all night. I loved the effort.

"The next day we got to see Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium. We got to try on some gear and the jerseys. In the field house, I met with my position coach, Keith Jones. Then each of us got to met with Coach Niumatalolo individually. He told me that he was so happy that I was able to make it all the way out from California. He went on to say that he loved my intensity on defense and that he like to have me on board.

"Everything was nice but my favorite moments were getting to see the Chapel. It's really great. The Memorial Hall is nice with the names of all the servicemen who lost their lives. I actually got to go in a classroom and talk to one of the professors. That was pretty cool. Those were things that stood out to me. Also, got to talk with some of the recruits like Jack Onstott from San Diego and Brenndan Johnson who is also a DB. We got to be friends.

"Being a guy who has lived all of his life on West Coast I think that it would refreshing to be on the East Coast for a couple of years. My dad loved the campus but thought the travel was a little bit too far for him. After the official visit, I'm definitely high on Navy. I'm probably not going to make my decision until a take a few more visits. I have one coming up to Yale that's set in stone. I may also make visits to San Diego State and Hawaii. I've already been to Air Force. I'd have to say right now Navy's at the top of my list beside Air Force."

Jones, in his third year as a starter at Upland High School, is third on the team in tackles, first in pass breakups, and has two interceptions. His team has won five in a row after falling in week four to national powerhouse Mater Dei. The Highlanders are the top ranked team in the West Valley Division and close out their regular with Etiwanda.

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