Jones Is A top 2015 Prospect

Following a strong sophomore season, Hubbard (OH) offensive lineman Matthew Jones has seen his recruitment take off. With one offer to his credit, and several teams showing interest, the future is bright for Jones.

Hubbard (OH) features two of the top prospects in Ohio for the class of 2015 in tailback L.J. Scott and offensive lineman Matthew Jones. Both helped lead Hubbard into the playoffs last season.

Jones, 6-foot-4, 295-pounds, played on both sides of the football for Hubbard, but projects to the offensive side of the ball at the next level. He is in the process of reshaping his body for next season.

"Right now, I'm in the process of losing some of the weight I played at last season," Jones stated. "Both Ohio State and Michigan told my coach that I was playing too heavy at 325-pounds, and they wanted me to be around 295-pounds. That's exactly where I'm at right now, and I feel a lot quicker."

"I'm still just as strong too, and I can dead lift 535-pounds and can bench press 300-pounds twice," he added. "I'm in track, where I throw the shot and discus. I really don't think I played up to my potential last season, even though some people felt I was pretty good. Losing the weight will make me quicker and more explosive off the football. I've changed my diet totally, and I'm eating the right way. I'd like to play at 285-290 pounds next year."

With an offer from Toledo on the table, and interest from several BCS schools, the sophomore is seeing his recruitment take off at an early age.

"I've visited Toledo and loved it there," he explained. "Getting that first offer really made me feel excited and happy, because I really want to play college football. They are recruiting me as an offensive lineman, and I could play all five positions for them."

"Both L.J. Scott and myself are supposed to get down to Ohio State at some point to meet with Coach (Urban) Meyer," Jones continued. "He has been to our school before, and so has Coach (Ed) Warriner from Ohio State. This summer I want to go to camp at Ohio State, Michigan and West Virginia. Michigan has called the school before and they're supposed to be coming to see us this spring."

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