Jones to Navy

Elijah Jones took the two hour trip down I-15 to watch Navy prepare for their upcoming game with San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl on Tuesday, December 23rd. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back told while he was at practice he made his verbal commitment to the Navy coaching staff.

"I was thinking a lot about committing last night," Jones said. "This morning I went to the Junior College where Navy is practicing. I watched them for awhile. It was very high energy, up tempo. They seemed to get a lot done in a short amount of time. At the end of practice, I let Coach Johns, my area recruiter know, I was ready to commit. Then I told Coach Niumatalolo. They were both seemed extremely excited.

"The tradition and prestige of the Naval Academy was the biggest thing I kept thinking about last night. I love the rivalry games they have every year with Army and Notre Dame. I got to the the Notre Dame game in person this year. I watched Army one TV. I loved the new jerseys they came out with. In the end, it came down to Air Force and Navy. I really liked Air Force, don't get me wrong, they're great too, but Navy's on a whole different level as far as the overall package with the football program, the academics, and the alumni."

Jones took his official visit to Navy the weekend the Midshipmen played Notre Dame. It was then he began to really feel the sense of pride from being associated with Naval Academy.

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

"It was on the official visit that I felt the brotherhood at Navy. It's something special I felt like I wanted to be a part of. Campus is amazing. I enjoyed walking around with my father seeing everything. Serving my country was definitely something that factored into my decision as well. I've been pretty interested in doing it, but I just wasn't sure where. I hold the service men and women who have done it before me in high regard. Plus, I like that it's going to guarantee me a job coming out of college. It feels really good to have this decision made. It's a big weight off my shoulders."

Jones, is a three-year starter at Upland High School in San Bernardino County. He finished third on the team in tackles, first in pass breakups, and has two interceptions. He was named First Team All-Baseline League as a senior. Jones, who'll be going into the Academy directly next year, was recruited by Navy to play cornerback or the nickel in Buddy Green's secondary.

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