Jones hoping to catch SU's eye

Because he was moving back and forth between his mother and father's homes, Derrick Jones never had settled down at one school long enough to establish his name as a major recruit. But after sitting out a mandatory three games following his transfer to Perkiomen Valley High in Collegeville, Pa., Jones quickly made an impression, breaking off a 75-yard touchdown run on his first carry.

A few months later, the Syracuse staff is giving Jones a look.

"They emailed my coach and asked [for some footage]," said Jones, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound junior who rushed 130 times for 980 yards and nine touchdowns in eight games last season and is receiving mail from SU. "I'm hoping to" hear more from the SU staff. ‘They want me to come to one of their camps."

Jones, who also caught nine passes for 124 yards and a touchdown, played linebacker for the first time in his career last year and will switch to safety on defense this season. He is a former teammate of highly touted SU recruit Jermaine Pierce and has spoken to the star linebacker about playing together in college.

"He's real good," Jones said when asked for a scouting report. "Size, speed, everything."

As for Jones, he's a combination back with good speed in the 4.5-second range and excellent vision. Temple, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Illinois all have been in contact, but he has no offers just yet.

"I'm trying to make it to at least three camps this summer to get them to notice me a little more," he said.

Jones grew up not far from Penn State, but isn't a fan of one school in particular. The only college team he watched a lot of growing up was Virginia Tech because of Michale Vick. He has no strong preference for what region his future home is located in, though he would like to find a school with a good engineering program.

He'll spend this summer trying to trim his 40 time to a 4.4 and decipher which college programs are most seriously interested in him. Should Syracuse emerge as one of them, will keep you posted.

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