Speedy Jones

A lot of the players participating at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio, Texas, last week, were worried about running a slow 40-yard dash time because of the slow turf inside the Alamo Dome, and being told they had to wear their football cleats. Cass Technical High (Detroit, Mich.) athlete Teric Jones was one of them.

"I was worried about the cleats I was wearing because they were kind of heavy," the 5-foot-10, 194-pound Jones said. "They didn't let me run in my track spikes, but I knew I was one of the fastest down there."

Make that the fastest.

Teric Jones clocked a 4.37, and a 4.47, the first time being faster than any other player at an event showcasing a lot of the nation's most talented juniors.

Working out as a running back, Jones was unable to be covered by linebackers when flying out of the backfield for passes in one-on-one drills. Scout.com named him to the all-combine team.

"It was a great time," Jones said.

Jones, who already holds a scholarship offer from Michigan, is also receiving interest from Michigan State, Alabama, Penn State, Iowa, Central Florida and Notre Dame.

Though Detroit is only three hours away from South Bend, Jones doesn't know much about Notre Dame.

"I have to look into them," Jones stated. "I know it's a Catholic school.

"I've been getting letters from them. I haven't gotten any emails or phone calls. I got invited to a couple games last season."

Jones, who has a 2.8 GPA, had no equal in the speed department on the Cass Tech football team this fall. He claims to be faster than five-star 2008 recruit and Michigan verbal commit Boubacar Cissoko.

"He was slightly behind me," Jones said.

This past season, Jones split time in the backfield with Indiana University 2008 verbal commit Cortez Smith. He averaged 11.3 yards per carry while rushing for 808 yards. He also lined up as a slot receiver, and had roughly 200 yards receiving and four total touchdowns.

"Teric is big and strong, he has great speed and exceptional hands," Cass Tech head coach Thomas Wilcher said. "He knows how to adjust to the ball and catch the ball.

"Corwin (Brown) came up here," Wilcher continued. Notre Dame has already extended an offer to Jones' teammate and classmate William Campbell. "I told him about our kids. He looked at Teric from far away and said he has great size and great speed. When he watched tape on Boubacar, he said he liked everyone. He likes our quarterback, (junior) Thomas Gordan, too."

Jones played some strong safety on Friday nights as well, and sometimes moved into the box as a linebacker and even defensive end.

"We rush our safety off the end," Wilcher began. "We told Teric, we don't care what you do, just go get him. Teric had about six sacks this year and about eight or nine tackles for loss. He is so quick and fast, nobody could block him."

The fastest 40-time Jones ever ran came at a Cincinnati camp this summer, where he clocked a 4.36. Jones also reported a bench press of 305 pounds, and a squat of 505 pounds. In San Antonio, he repped 185 pounds 20 times on the bench press.

Jones also runs track, clocking a personal best 10.7 in the 100-meter dash. He missed qualifying for the finals at the state meet by one spot, and also long jumps and runs a leg on both the 400 and 800-meter relay teams. During the indoor season, he runs the 60-meter dash.

During the season, Jones was able to take unofficial visits to Michigan and Michigan State.

"Michigan, it's a big crowd," Jones said. "That can get you into the game. Diehard fans. Michigan State fans are the same way. It's a little less people, but they're still into the game."

Jones plans on going to the upcoming Nike Combine, and will also camp at Michigan and Michigan State. He also wants to camp at a school or two down south. If Notre Dame were to start showing more interest, they could maybe get Jones on campus.

"It's an option," he said. "They're equal to all the other schools."

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