Rutgers Offeree Jones Talks Recruiting

Holy Spirit High (Absecon, N.J.) running back Nigel Jones picked up a Rutgers offer in the summer, then an ankle injury slowed him much of his junior season. How did it impact his recruiting? And is Jones close to making a decision? He spoke to about the latest developments in his recruitment, his plans for the spring and which schools he is talking to the most.

Holy Spirit High (Absecon, N.J.) running back Nigel Jones has long held a Rutgers offer, and last week Western Michigan became the second school to offer.

However, the 5-foot-8, 195-pound Jones is hoping his recruitment picks up when the spring evaluation period begins April 1, and schools realize the ankle injury that slowed him much of his junior season behind him.

"That hurt me," Jones said. "I didn't live up to the hype, you could say, but that's ok because we won states. I guess I have to go to a combine and run a 4.4 and jump high and show everything else."

Jones rushed 103 times for 744 yards and eight touchdowns, but his ankle injury early in the season limited him in half of Holy Spirit's 12 games.

But during the middle part of his season, when Jones' ankle was feeling the best, he averaged 114 yards, including 8.1 yards per carry, in five games.

"It hurt (Jones' recruitment), but that's ok," Jones said. "If I would have done what I planned to do, I'd probably have five offers. Not boasting or anything, but I'd probably be noticed more. But that's ok. It makes me work harder. It's motivation."

The Scarlet Knights, Western Michigan and Cincinnati are the three schools recruiting Jones at this point, with his knowledge of Rutgers being the greatest.

Jones camped at Rutgers last season, made several unofficial visits already and was offered in the summer. He also plans on making another trip to campus to watch a spring practice.

"I hear a lot from Rutgers," Jones said. "I talk to (assistant) coach (Phil) Galiano every week. We've already built a relationship, so we just talk."

With Western Michigan, Jones is just getting to know the staff.

"I plan on taking a visit in the spring," he said. "We haven't talked (about a role). It's more of a personal relationship. We're trying to build a relationship. It's really cool because it's not like he's a normal coach. He doesn't just talk about football. He talks about life.

"I'm probably head to Cincinnati in the spring. They say they want to build a relationship, and hopefully I can get an offer."

Jones isn't in a hurry to make a decision, especially coming off an injury-impacted season.

"I'm just staying back and trying to look at everything," Jones said. "Instead of focusing on one school, I want to see every school."

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