Jones Reacts to Rutgers Skills Camp

Philadelphia Imhotep linebacker Shaquille Jones camped at Rutgers Saturday with sights set on earning a scholarship offer. After the camp's conclusion, Jones broke down the latest in his recruitment and where things stand with Rutgers.

Philadelphia Imhotep linebacker Shaquille Jones expects to hear more from Rutgers this week after a solid showing in Saturday's skills camp in Piscataway.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound outside linebacker received positive feedback from the Rutgers staff, but no final word on an offer.

"Before I came, they told me they were very interested but they weren't a school that was going to make a promise about an offer just to get me to their camp," Jones said. "They really liked me, and said I was their kind of guy, and I should be hearing more from them soon. All in all, I had a pretty good camp and I'm confident in my skills."

Jones worked closely with special teams coordinator and linebackers coach Bob Fraser. Fraser returned to Rutgers in the offseason after two years under Greg Schiano with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I had a lot of time with coach Fraser," Jones said. "He has an old school mentality. He's upfront, and he doesn't hold anything back. He doesn't pull punches. He doesn't show favorites. He coaches everyone the same, and that's what I like about him."

Jones spent the entirety of the day camp with coaches and friends, saying the overall experience at Rutgers went well.

"It was really good," Jones said. "I liked how the coaches interacted. The players were on the field and stuff, so I liked that. I knew a lot of the coaches from Rutgers, but I haven't met a lot of them. Today it was really good to meet them in person to form some sort of a relationship with them."

Illinois remains on top for Jones, who also holds a Monmouth offer. Cincinnati, Ohio, Iowa and Penn State are also showing interest.

"I was just out at a camp in Detroit and there were a lot of colleges out there that were showing me interest," Jones said. "I still have the Illinois offer, and I'm really interested in them."


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