Rutgers Offers C.J. Jones

Jr. Cornerback, C.J. Jones of Alexis I DuPont (DE), is an athletic specimen. Big corners who can cover are hard to come by, but C.J. satisfies the qualifications of having the potential to possibly become one on the FBS level. His game entails speed, toughness, athleticism, the ability to cover, and better- than adequate size for the position at 6'0 and 180lbs.

SOR caught up with CJ to discuss his newest offer and the excitement surrounding it.

"Rutgers offered me like two weeks ago. Im really happy about that. I was actually down in New Jersey last weekend for the New Jersey vs. the Northeast All-Star Game. I like the campus. I didn't get to talk to the coaches that day but I will probably be down there again some time next week." said C.J. Jones.

He continued, "I have always kept in close contact with the Rutgers staff. Coach Susan came by my school recently. He just wanted to check me out. A few days later, he told me (by phone) that he liked my size and tape and he also told me that he had heard a lot about me. Soon after, he called my coach and told him that they would offer me. I called coach Schiano that day. Although they didn't offer me at that time, he was really cool to talk to on the phone. He also talked to my dad who liked him too. Eventually, they finally decided to pull the trigger. I will be on an official visit there. I can't wait to tour the campus."

He went on to state, "I am a very athletic, quick, fast, competitive, true corner that can match up with any sized receiver. Being that I am big and aggressive, I can match up with the taller receivers and I have the speed to match up with smaller receivers too."

C.J. first caught my eye at the BigTime Showcase where he had the fastest 40 time at the event with a 4.34. He claims he is done with combines going forward and is looking forward to concentrating on getting better for the upcoming season. "I really never even knew how to play corner. I really just started to learn this summer. Before that, I was just using my athletic ability and instincts. Now that I actually know some things and have worked on my back pedal, reading the quarterback and a whole lot of other things, I should only get better."

Offensively, Jones accumulated 807 rushing yards and 10 TD's on the ground to go along with 623 yards and 12 TD's through the air from the QB position. Defensively, he locked down his half of the field and ended up with 5 interceptions. His prowess in 2008 earned him 1st Team All-Flight A honors at the end of the season as well as what is currently a total of 8 offers. The candidates are Duke, Louisville, NC St., ECU, Temple, BC, Delaware and of coarse Rutgers.

C.J. claims no absolute favorites at this time and plans to truly evaluate his options before cutting down his list. "I'm gonna visit BC and work my way down. I really want do my research and focus before making my selection." SOR will keep you in the know.

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