Jones nearing a decision

One of the fastest, most versatile athletes in the state will be in Aggieland this weekend, but what is he looking for from the trip? Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with Marshall (TX) athlete Darius Jones about his talents and his timeline for choosing a school.

Darius Jones is a man of many talents. On the football field, the 6-foot, 175-pound athlete has played defensive back, wide receiver, and quarterback in his distinguished career at Marshall (TX) High School. In the spring, he's busy on the track where he competes in the 100 m dash, the triple jump, and the long jump in addition to some of the relay teams.

"So far this season, I've run a 10.51 in the 100," Jones said. "I jumped 47' 5" in the triple jump, and I hit 23'5" in the long jump. We have regionals coming up next week and I hope to improve on those marks."

His versatility, speed, and overall athleticism has caught the eye of several high level Division I programs. Despite his busy schedule and offers from a long list of suitors like Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Houston, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Louisiana Tech, Jones indicated that he's already narrowed his list down and could be ready to make a final decision in the near future.

"A&M is probably my top choice right now," Jones said. "I talk to Coach Jordan a lot and I enjoy talking to him. I'm still looking at OU and LSU. Those are probably my top three."

Jones is tentatively scheduled to attend this weekend's spring game at Texas A&M, but he and fellow teammate Damion Smith are trying to finalize their plans.

"We're trying to get down there if we can work it out," Jones said. "We're still working on our schedule and finding a ride. I'm not sure yet if we'll be able to make it."

Other than his trip to see the Aggies this weekend, Jones currently has no additional plans in place to visit any other schools including Oklahoma and LSU. However, the Marshall native did say that a decision may be on the horizon.

"I'm getting close to a decision. It should be in the next couple of weeks," Jones said. "I need to sit down with my parents and talk it over with them and my coach and then I'll pull the trigger."

In the meantime, Jones will continue to stay busy and work toward qualifying for the state 5A track meet later this spring.

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