Patrick Jones Signing Day Video
SENIOR YEAR STATS: 32 solo tackles, 28 TFLs, 12 sacks and 4 forced fumbles
COMMITTED TO SMU OVER: Colorado State, Purdue and Toledo
SIDE NOTE: Enjoys getting away from football by going on his roof and looking up at the stars.
AUDIBLE: “Being able to get a degree from SMU, a prestigious school, is really an honor,” Jones said. “I was fortunate enough to get an athletic scholarship, so I can’t wait to get that degree.”
How Patrick Jones fits
Jones will fit nicely into the interior of the Mustangs’ defensive front. He brings the size and athleticism up front that the Mustangs have lacked in recent years.
What Jones brings
At Jones’ height and weight, you might think he would somewhat unathletic, but that’s really not the case. Jones uses his quick feet to beat the offensive linemen off the line of scrimmage, and has a motor that just keeps churning. Once into the backfield, Jones loses his leverage sometimes, but he still does a nice job of locating the ball, reacting to the ball carrier and making the tackle. Coming off the ball, Jones does a nice job of staying low and powering through the offensive line. Even with just one pass rush move, Jones is quick enough to provide solid pressure on the quarterback
What to Expect Freshman Year
Baring injuries, and with the addition of JT Williams, Jones will be a candidate for a redshirt. Not to say the Mustangs couldn’t use his size and run-stopping ability right away, but Morris wants to stockpile as much talent as he can. Nevertheless, if Jones does play as a freshman, he would probably see a good amount of snaps simply because of the lack of depth.
Career Expectations for Jones
Jones should be a solid player for the Mustangs for the next four or five seasons. His overall athleticism, size and quickness will allow him to see the field and be a productive player. The more Jones is able to develop his pass rush, the more dynamic he’ll become as a player.