Past Experience — As a junior, "Juice" went from a questionable cornerback to a defensive playmaker for the Scarlet Knights. Jones made the game-saving field goal block to secure a 21-20 win over Navy and locked down the starting cornerback spot beside Logan Ryan.
The most impressive part of Jones' 39-tackle, two-interception season, however, was that he played the entire year hurt. The post-season award winner for toughness, Jones showed he can be a reliable cornerback and is expected to emerge as a leader during his senior season.
As a Recruit — The pride of Winslow Township High (Atco, N.J.), Jones verbally committed to Rutgers over offers from Virginia, Temple and Villanova. A two-star recruit as a WR/CB out of high school, Jones slid under the radar as a recruit and proved to be a steal for Rutgers.
Spring Performance — Jones is on the mend from injuries last season, but was as solid as ever during spring practice. Jones performed well against the Rutgers group of wide receivers and, most importantly, stayed healthy heading into training camp.
Does Well — As defensive coordinator Robb Smith said in "R Football: 15 Days of Spring," Juice is a heck of an athlete. At this point in his career, Jones has the mix of size and speed needed to be an impact cornerback and he showed as much last season.
Jones is efficient on special teams, which vastly increases his value within Smith's defensive system.
Needs to Improve — Jones is a risk-taker. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it leads to big plays for the offense. For Jones to go from solid to spectacular as a Rutgers cornerback, he needs to pick his spots for aggression. With all upper classmen, the more experience and focus on technique, the more improved the "little things" become in a senior season.
Long-Term Outlook — Jones has one year of eligibility remaining and will use it to elevate his game as a starting cornerback. The Rutgers defense returns eight starters from last year and will rely heavily on cornerbacks Jones and Ryan to lock down receivers on the outside.
Jones will need a solid season and impressive off-season to work his way into the NFL Draft, but he projects, at worst, as someone that will get an opportunity as an undrafted free agent as a Rutgers product with special teams experience.