Jones is off to a quick start

John Curtis Christian and LB Seth Jones locked horns with 5A schools John Ehret and Central yesterday in a preseason scrimmage, and the Patriots defense was already in mid-season form. Following the scrimmage, the local media was buzzing with glowing reports about Jones' efforts.

Solid defense is a tradition at John Curtis Christian, and the top defender for the 2010 Patriots is linebacker Seth Jones. On Thursday, John Curtis squared off with John Ehret and Central (Baton Rouge), with the Patriots putting on a defensive clinic against the two 5A schools.

"We did really good," said Jones, who has offers from SMU, TCU, Tulane, Tulsa, and Middle Tennessee. "We did what we needed to do and overall, I thought we played well, although we made some mistakes.

"I made a few tackles, and I was able to get to the quarterback a few times. In a goal-line situation, I was able to shoot the gap and force a fumble. Central couldn't run the option against us; we stopped the dive and took away the inside game."

Jones spent most of his time at outside linebacker in 2009, but he's making the transition to inside linebacker for this year.

"I'm being recruiting by colleges as an inside linebacker," he explained, "so I'm moving there this season, in order to get ready for the next level. I was inside most of the time yesterday, although I did get a series on the outside.

"I like the inside, but I also still like coming off the edge. As a team, we need to put in a lot of work to get better, but I like where we're at right now."

Jones' teammate, WR Josh Hanberry, was the offensive star for John Curtis - along with QB Brandon Bourgeois. The pair connected on three pass completions totaling 100 yards, with all three going for TDs.

Curtis begins the season in two weeks vs. 5A Mandeville. That game will feature an interesting matchup between Jones and Mandeville center Chris Dragna.

Jones mentioned that he's going to plan his official visits in the near future. As of today, the Curtis senior doesn't have a favorite school.

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