Jones Sets the Record Straight

Five-star QB and Penn State commit gives the lowdown on his much-discussed ankle injury. This is a first-person account from the player himself.

EDITOR'S NOTE: When Penn State commit Paul Jones broke his left ankle in late June, the rumor mill kicked into high gear. Speculation had the five-star quarterback prospect from Sto-Rox High in McKees Rox, Pa., being shelved anywhere from four weeks to the entire 2009 season.

So what is the real story?

Now that a bit of time has passed, and Jones is on the mend following surgery July 6, we decided to go to the source for the answer. Jones took the time to write up the following report for FOS.

As many people know, I injured my left ankle (fractured a bone) while playing basketball and had to have surgery. What most people don't know is that, per my doctor, this was an accident waiting to happen.

My parents can be credited with giving me all the tools to be successful on the field and in the classroom. They can also be credited with giving me an extra bone in my ankle. Quite simply, that extra piece fell off.

For the record, despite reports stating otherwise, I have not sustained a debilitating injury and will not be out four to six months. It remains to be seen if I will return to the field at Sto-Rox during the first, second or third game this season, BUT, rest assured, I will be back, and more focused than ever.

I have to admit that, at first, I was disappointed and blamed myself for the injury. But after my surgery, the doctor told us that that there was nothing that I could have done to prevent the injury, that it would have happened eventually and that he was surprised that it had not happened sooner because of my active lifestyle,

I took the time to be thankful that it happened when it did. Because I am not able to do many of the things that I would normally do during summer vacation, I have spent my time focusing on my faith, my family and my friendships, and have been plucking away at things I need to accomplish to attain all of my goals.

So while summer classes may not seem to be enjoyable for most, I have spent my summer taking the courses necessary for me to graduate early and enroll at Penn State in January.

Jones is anxious to get back on the field.

It is my goal to win conference, then WPIAL, then states. Then I'm off to PSU to win national championships. You may read elsewhere that it can't be done, but my faith, my family and my friendships tell me otherwise.

I believe them.

I was told that I couldn't graduate early because it has never been done at my school. I will be the first person to graduate early, so it is possible.

We were expected to win our conference hands down until my injury. I believe we still can (along with the WPIAL and states).

I believe we will win national championships all four years I am at PSU, and yes, the friendships I've developed with the incoming class of 2010 (especially Adrian Coxson, Kevin Haplea, Silas Redd, Tom Ricketts and Dakota Royer — in alphabetical order so no one thinks they are my favorite, lol) have me believing we will!

These are some of my goals. Will I achieve them all? I believe I (we) will.

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