Assessing Paul Jones

FOS Recruiting Analysts Cory James and Bob Lichtenfels got to see PSU Class of 2010 pledge Paul Jones in action this past weekend at Scout's 7-on-7 event in Columbus. Get their exclusive assessments here.

FOS Recruiting Analysts Cory James and Bob Lichtenfels provide their first-hand assessments of Paul Jones' skills from the recent Scout 7-on-7 camp held in Columbus.

Cory James: Paul Jones is the real deal and (true freshman) Kevin Newsome better take complete advantage of his one year head start on Jones at Penn State. Newsome will likely have to fight like hell to get the No. 1 spot quarterback on the depth chart in 2010 given the current state of Jones' abilities.

Jones showed great arm-strength and touch with his passing. With one pass he hit a guy for a touchdown on a post pattern from 30 yards out, fitting the ball perfectly through a tight window. On one two-point conversion Jones had no open targets which tested his improvisation skills. A wideout broke open late and Jones rifled the ball in through another window which would've been great if the player actually held onto it.

Although some may be skeptical of big arms due to recent PSU quarterback Anthony Morelli, Jones has the ability to put touch on his passes, which was a challenge for the former Nittany Lion. Believe it or not, Jones reminds me of Donovan McNabb. He can definitely improve on his footwork, but he may be the best quarterback prospect Penn State has seen since Kerry Collins.

Bob Lichtenfels: The Penn State commitment struggled on the first day and we expected that. He is not used to this type of setting and if you watch him play he is used to running for his life and throwing.

Jones easily had the strongest arm of any quarterback at the camp. He tends to overthrow a lot of balls, as he is still learning to be more accurate. It is tough for a quarterback to adjust to different receivers who run faster than the players he is used to throwing to.

One of the big reasons why his passes tend to sail is his release point when he is following through. At times you can see the ball come out almost at the back of his head. Everything he struggled with is easy to correct.

When Jones was rotating on day two he even played a little tight end and wide receiver and looked pretty good doing it. On day two, Jones played much better and more relaxed. His arm strength is something to see. is THE source for original, exclusive, inside coverage of Penn State football.


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