Aggies offer Jones

The first thing Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman said he would address on both sides of the ball was speed. Now Sherman and his staff are going after another speedy wide receiver from Marshall. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with one of Sherman's latest targets.

Marshall High School (TX) has historically produced a bevy of Division I talent, and the Class of 2009 appears to be no different as college coaches are starting to descend on the northeast Texas town to see the offensive duo of Darius Jones and Damion Smith. The pair just recently received scholarship offers from the staff at Texas A&M.

"I was offered by Texas A&M just the other day," Jones said. "Coach Jordan at A&M is recruiting me. He likes my speed and versatility. He's a nice guy and I hit it off with him."

The 6-foot, 175-pound athlete has played several skill positions during his career at Marshall and is slated to start the season at quarterback, but so far the colleges recruiting Jones are looking at him as a wide receiver, including the Aggies. "I've played wherever I could help the team. I've played almost every position on the field, but quarterback is where I'll be at next season," Jones said. "Colleges are recruiting me as a receiver."

Jones biggest asset is his speed, having clocked a 4.41 at a camp last year. He generated 1525 yards of total offense and scored 12 touchdowns as a junior. It's that speed that has schools recruiting him as a wide receiver at the next level.

"Speed is my biggest strength, but I also have very good hands and can catch anything that comes my way," Jones said. "I'm good at reading defenses and knowing what my opponent will do so I feel my route running is good and I can find the open spots on the field. My blocking is pretty decent too."

Jones indicated that he wants to continue to get stronger and faster, and in particular wants to improve on getting separation off the line of scrimmage. Besides Texas A&M, the Marshall native is hearing from a pair of Big 12 schools north of the Red River.

"I'm being recruited the hardest by Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma," Jones said. "Damion and I went to OSU's junior day and I was offered. It was pretty nice up there. I liked it."

Jones says he's not in a hurry to make a decision and wants to see what his options are before committing, but at this early stage he says the Aggies have gotten his attention.

"I followed Texas A&M some growing up. It's a school I feel comfortable with," Jones said. "If I had to say one team is a little ahead, it's probably A&M but it's still early and I want to keep my options open for now and see what's out there."

Jones and his teammate have plans to attend Texas A&M's spring game on April 19, but have no other trips scheduled at this time.

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