Ohio athlete likes Panthers

Athletic players in the secondary are obviously important and one of the more athletic defensive backs in Ohio is interested in Pittsburgh.<br><br> Brad Jones, a 6'2" 190-pound DB from Canton, OH (McKinley), lists Pitt as one of his early co-favorites, along with childhood favorite Ohio State.

Jones, who plays CB for Canton McKinley, projects as a safety at the next level, according to coach Brian Cross.

"We have him at cornerback but he probably doesn't have the hips for that in college. He will be a safety," says Cross.

"He needs to be more physical," said Cross, "but once he gets that, he is going to be recruited even more because he has all of the physical tools. He is physical now, but we are looking for him to be even more physical next year."

Along with good size, Jones boasts 4.48 speed, a 36" vertical, and a 315-pound bench press.

"He lifts along with the lineman," says Cross. "He is very strong."

Jones plays wingback on offense, and has improving hands, according to Cross, but the coach goes on to say that Jones is destined for the defensive side of the ball.

Jones spent last weekend at junior day at Ohio State and wants to visit Pitt, too.

"I really like Pitt but they haven't talked to me too much yet. Hopefully they will. I'm really interested."

Jones displays his speed in track also for Canton McKinley, running the 100m in 10.8 and the 200m in 21.9. "There is no doubt about his physical talent," said Cross.

Jones says the thing he is looking at most is to play early. Besides Pittsburgh and Ohio State, Northwestern has shown a lot of interest, also.

Jones currently has a 2.8 GPA and has already scored a 16 on ACT.

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