Jones Stayed On NU's Radar

After an injury-plagued junior season, not many schools were paying attention to Plano (IL) High School standout Joseph Jones. Northwestern was a school who kept following him, despite his injury battles. On Tuesday, Jones became the Wildcats' fourth commit of the 2012 class.

"He had a nice talk with Coach Fitz last night and made his verbal commitment last night," said Plano High School head football coach Jim Green.

Joseph Jones is a 6-2, 200-lb. versatile athlete. He has committed to Northwestern as a defensive back.

Jones has been on Northwestern's radar for some time. He attended a camp at NU in the summer prior to his junior season, and really impressed the Wildcat coaches. From there, they kept in touch with Jones, and an offer came a bit later.

"Last year, he got hurt and missed the rest of the season," Coach Green said. "He was kind of under-the-radar from a list of colleges. Northwestern continued to show interest and Coach Fitz and some assistants were here and visited and have asked how he healed up. Everything is a good. After checking in and knowing others were picking it up, they decided to make the offer."

Jones has not yet been admitted to Northwestern, but his 4.0 grade point average and high ACT score is sure to be enough for NU admissions.

For Plano High School, Jones is a team leader, and a major reason for their success.

"He's an outstanding kid," said Coach Green. "He's a leader for us."

Many schools were unsure about Jones' speed after an injury-plagued junior season, but that didn't scare NU away. After confirming with Coach Green along with Plano's track coach, the Wildcat coaches realized Jones hasn't lost a step, but he may be even faster.

Jones is a standout track athlete for Plano High School, and has set two school records as a sprinter. He is preparing to go down state in the coming weeks.

On the football field, Jones is still learning the game. He began playing football in 8th grade, and is continuing to develop as a football player. That development is something which coaches are sure to like.

"He's a fast kid, he's physical, and he's still learning the game," Green said. "He didn't start playing till he was in 8th grade. He's not set in his way, he's willing to learn, and he's a really coachable kid."

Now, he can continue to develop as a Northwestern Wildcat.


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