2012 Jersey RB Says Rutgers "Is Sticking out"

One of the top running back prospects in New Jersey's class of 2012 is running back Nigel Jones of Holy Spirit High of Absecon. Jones is coming off a sophomore season in which he ran for 1,100 yards and 19 touchdowns, and saw an array of recruiters come through Holy Spirit during the spring evaluation period. Jones talks about his recruitment, and what he knows and likes about Rutgers.

One of the benefits to being on the same team as a highly recruited player like Holy Spirit High of Absecon linebacker Anthony Sarao is the number of college recruiters it brings through the school.

Despite Absecon being off the beaten track, at least by New Jersey standards, it brought plenty of attention to class of 2012 running back Nigel Jones, which means more exposure.

And even with the number of schools to visit Holy Spirit this spring, one school stands out to Jones.

"Rutgers has been sticking out to me, but there's been quite a few schools recruiting me,'' the 5-foot-11, 195 pound Jones said. "I've gone to the school a few times for combines, and I love the campus. I call (assistant) coach (Phil Galiano) once in a while and talk to him. I like the school.''

In addition to the campus and the coaching staff, there is another key ingredient drawing Jones to Rutgers.

"I like location,'' he said. "It's near South Jersey where I can come home and be with my family, and they can come watch me play. There is a family atmosphere on the football team. It's nice.''

Jones was supposed to attend Rutgers' spring game, but complications getting transportation there arose and he did not make it.

However, he plans on spending time this summer visiting various campuses, including Rutgers.

"I'm going to go hang out and check things out,'' Jones said of his Rutgers plans. "I don't think I'll attend a camp.''

Jones rushed for 1,100 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore, and has clocked in at 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash. His next chance to better that will be at the National Underclassmen Combine in 12 days at Matawan (N.J.) High.

"I'm looking to drop that at the next combine I go to and get into the 4.4s,'' said Jones, who described his running style. "I would say I'm balanced. Can go outside, hit the inside. Anything to get to the end zone.''

Although schools haven't talked to him about being a Sept. 1 offer candidate yet, that could change after he visits several schools and more evaluations take place in the summer.

"That hasn't come into the conversation yet,'' Jones said. "They've been asking me to come to their camps, I guess to solidify myself.''

In addition to Rutgers, Jones said he has tentative plans to visit Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Syracuse in the next few months.

Why those out of state schools?

"A view from a far,'' Jones said. "I like the school and the program. I want to go there just to kind of get the feel for the school.''


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