Middletown's Jones Collects Hurdles Title

Middletown quarterback Skylar Jones is one of the fastest rising prospects in Ohio. He turned a best-in-camp 4.30 40-yard dash time at the OSU Nike Camp in May. He then went out and capped his junior year with a state title in the Division I state track meet on Saturday. Has Ohio State taken notice? Click here for more on this intriguing prospect.

Things are going really well for Middletown, Ohio, quarterback Skylar Jones right now.

The 6-0, 175-pound Jones created some buzz in recruiting circles when he ran a camp-best 4.3-second 40-yard time at the Ohio State Nike Camp in early May.

Jones followed that up by wrapping up his junior year by winning a state track championship in the 300-meter hurdles on Saturday at OSU's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Jones won the race with a time of 37.26 seconds. He also took a fourth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles.

"I felt like I still had a lot of energy left, but I wanted to keep my composure and finish it off," Jones said after locking down the 300-meter title. I looked at this as the opportunity of a lifetime. I wanted to do the best I could because I might not make it back to the state next year.

"Everybody here wants to win. But it's not in your hands. It's in God's hands. You have to come out here and race. It's all heart. You have to leave it all on the track."

Jones was ranked as Ohio's No. 63 prospect in the May edition of Ohio High. But you can rest assured he will be much higher when those rankings are revised. His 4.3 40 time has led a number of schools to extend early offers.

"It was real exciting for me to go into the Nike Camp and compete with the best around," Jones said. "My phone has been lighting up pretty hard since I ran that 4.3 at Nike. Right now, I have 13 scholarship offers. Most of them are Big Ten and SEC and a couple MAC schools."

Jones listed his current top five as Tennessee, Ohio State, West Virginia, Marshall and Purdue.

"All of those have offered except for Ohio State," Jones said. "I talked to (OSU recruiting coordinator John) Peterson last week on the phone. I was really impressed talking to him. He said he likes my chances of becoming a Buckeye."

As a junior, Jones was 155 of 299 passing for 2,135 yards with 21 touchdowns. He also added 760 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. The Middies were 3-7 in 2005. But coach Ron Johnson returns for his second year at MHS. He had a successful run developing passers at Westlake in the Cleveland area previously.

Jones understands his size may work against him as a quarterback, but he is determined to go as far as he can at that position.

"I would like to play quarterback," Jones said. "That's where my heart is. I'd like a fair shot at that before I get moved over. But if they want to move me over, I don't have a problem with that. If I had choose between defense and wide receiver, I'd probably say wide receiver. I haven't played defense since middle school.

"I like the high powered offenses. I want to play in a style that fits my abilities."

Jones holds a 3.2 GPA and scored a 16 on his initial ACT attempt.

"I am retaking that next Saturday, June 10," he said.

Jones is also impressive in the weight room. He has a 225-pound bench press, a 345-pound squat, 220-pound clean and a 360-pound dead lift.

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