2012 Offeree Jones Gives Rutgers a "leg up"

Holy Spirit High (Absecon, N.J.) class of 2012 running back didn't think a few years ago Rutgers would be the first school to offer him a scholarship, especially since he wasn't exactly a big Scarlet Knights fan. But, oh, how things change. Jones spoke to ScarletReport.com about his recruitment, where Rutgers factors in, and gave up his humorous story as to how he became acquainted with Rutgers.

Holy Spirit High (Absecon, N.J.) running back Nigel Jones couldn't help but laugh when relaying a story of how he got to know about Rutgers.

A teacher of the class of 2012 standout, who doubled as an assistant coach, was a Rutgers graduate, and Jones was looking for some good-natured ribbing.

"I always watched the games, and this is kind of bad, but I hoped they would lose so I could make fun of my teacher," Jones said. "I come to find out they win a lot, so I didn't get to make fun of him too much."

Now, Jones has Rutgers ahead of everyone else when it comes to his recruitment, and that position was bolstered when he was recently told he would be offered Sept. 1, the first day juniors can receiver written offers.

"They told me I'm getting an offer. I'm excited," Jones said. "It's the only school to offer me, so they've got a leg up on everybody right now."

Jones ran for 1,100 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore, and has spent the offseason attending as many combine events as possible and working on improving his speed.

Rutgers was the only school he camped at, and he ran a personal best 4.50 (seconds) in the 40-yard dash. He is also learning a bunch from attending the various events.

"I like to see the competition," Jones said. "I've been fortunate enough to go to a couple of combines and showcases and see (five-star running back) Savon Huggins there, and get to compete against him and see what he's doing, try to get some tips from him."

During the camp at Rutgers, Jones impressed the coaching staff with his burst, speed, footwork and build.

But there was one area he struggled mightily, and after the camp Rutgers assistant coach Chris Hewitt addressed it with Jones.

"Catching. I should be able to catch the ball," Jones said. "It was frustrating. I think it's just repetition. If I can squeeze in 100 throws before practice, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get better at it."

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