Jones Has 2010 QB Class Looking Up

Quarterback Paul Jones' stock was rising quickly, so the Pitt football team wanted to get in on the ground floor.

That early interest, as well as Pitt's proximity to Paul Jones' McKees Rocks-based Sto-Rox High School, has the Panthers among the frontrunners for the Class of 2010 athlete.

"I really like Pitt, and I'm learning a lot going to all these camps,'' Jones said. "There's a lot to see. Great coaches and facilities. It's a great place. They showed me a lot, but hopefully I can show them something, too. So, that's what I'm going to try to do.''

Since Jones will be a junior this fall, he can only receive questionnaires from college recruiters. Schools can't send him letters or call until after Sept. 1. It's a good bet that Jones will receive early offers, and Pittsburgh is a likely candidate.

"I wouldn't mind that at all,'' Jones said. "That would be nice. I wouldn't complain about that. I'd love to get an offer from Pitt. I like everything about Pitt, the coaches, players facilities, and it's close to home.

"That's a big thing for me and my family, because they wouldn't have too far to go to see me play. So, hopefully, I can come here. Coaches came to our school to talk to my coach, mostly Coach (Greg) Gattuso, so it's been great.''

Jones, who started for Sto-Rox as a sophomore last fall, is big and strong at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. But he's also quick enough to avoid a pass rush and take off if necessary. However, Jones is not a running quarterback. He's a classic pocket passer with a rocket arm.

"(Jones) may be the best overall quarterback prospect I've seen in the state in a number of years,'' Regional Recruiting Manager Bob Lichtenfels said. "This kid is as good as advertised and might be the top player in the state (as a senior) next year.''

There's a chance that Jones could make an early verbal commitment to Pitt's 2010 recruiting class.

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