Jarvis Jones, OL, 6-7, 268, 5.0, ROSENBERG (LAMAR CONSOLIDATED), TEXAS:
Jarvis Jones has a world of potential, and it seems like very time we check he is getting bigger. Jones plays on both sides of the ball, but he knows his future is going to be on the offensive line.
"I am playing left tackle and most college recruiters tell me that I am going play left tackle in college. I think it is the most important position in the offensive line. Most quarterbacks are right-handed and you are protecting their blind side. If I was a quarterback, I would want to know that my left tackle is very good and is somebody that can handle that position."
Thus far this season Jones, has 22 pancakes and he continues to work on his no sack streak, which he carried over from last season when he gave up no sacks the entire season.
"I like to pass block," said Jones. "It is one of the hardest things to do in the offensive line, but once you get the technique down it can become pretty easy for you. I don't get to pull much, but when I do I love getting a good shot on a defender. Most offensive linemen will tell you they like to run block more. I like to run block as well, but I can't say it is my favorite over pass blocking. I like to do both."
Jones can bench 305 pounds, squats 495 and he has posted a 27-inch vertical jump. Jarvis went to the Scout Combine in Waco and he attended the LSU camp. He has visited Texas A&M unofficially, but he has not attended any games so far this season.
"I am taking a visit this weekend to Arizona," said Jones. "That is the only visit I have set up. I have been offered by almost everybody in the Big 12 except Texas and Oklahoma. But I have offers from LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State. I think Oklahoma is going to offer soon."
The fact that Oklahoma has not offered Jones is not unusual considering the Sooners often waits to evaluate big men during the early portion of their season before offering a scholarship. But that situation could be changing soon.
"OU has not offered yet, but I have been talking to them on the phone. I have been talking to Coach (James) Patton and he has asked me to take an official visit there, and I told him that I would. I like Oklahoma a lot and it seems like they are going to offer me. I don't know what other schools I am going to visit, but I did tell Oklahoma that I am going to visit there."
What is important for Jones in recruiting?
"The depth chart is very important to me. I want to be playing by at least my sophomore year. I don't mind redshirting my freshman year, but I want to be able to get into the line up by my sophomore year. I want to go to a winning program, one that is going to bowl games every year. I want to get a good education and the school that I choose has to have a good academic support group."
It is early in the season, so how are Jones and Lamar Consolidated doing?
"We are 3-0," said Jones. "My season personally is going good. We have played some good teams, but we have a real intelligent team and we have some guys on our team that have some smarts. We have a very good team and so far things are going well."
Jones is not going to have any problem qualifying.
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