Mikeatavious Jones: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with North Shore High School head coach David Aymond about Mikeatavius Jones, a 5-11, 170-pound cornerback from Galena Park, Texas.

What are his strengths as a football player?
David Aymond: I think it's his coverage skills all the way. He's been a lock-down corner for us against good receivers who are going on to play Division I football from Houston and the state of Texas. He also an excellent tackler in the open field. So he's a cornerback who's not just a cover guy but is excellent at tackling too.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
David Aymond: I think it's going to be adjusting to the overall speed of everyone. That's the biggest challenge of any kid. He's used to working hard and he's in a program that is very demanding (here at North Shore). He's used to good competition and speed but it's not the same as the college level.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
David Aymond: I always start with character. He's got great character. He's very smart and doesn't make mistakes in alignments or coverage, identifying formations and making adjustments is not a problem for him. The third thing is he's a true cover guy.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
David Aymond: I think the fact that he's got teammates (from North Shore) there (in Andrae May and Larry Stephens). Three years in a row now they've from our program, and I think that was huge. Secondly, the facilities and the staff that is there. The staff is very, very personable and they do a great job of recruiting. Thirdly, I think the emergence of Oklahoma State. They should be ranked in the top five, surely in the top 10, in the country next year.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
David Aymond: First of all, I expect him to get a degree. Second of all, I expect him to do some great things (on the football field), and expect him to be a true cover corner at a Division I, BCS-type school. Thirdly, I expect him to enjoy some big bowl game experience because I think Oklahoma State's program is heading in that direction.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
David Aymond: The fact that he's a solid young man who just goes about taking care of his business. You never hear a complaint, he's always ready to work, he's on time every day. He's been a lot of fun to coach.


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