Jones Ready To Do Whatever It Takes

Before stepping onto the Texas A&M campus, D.J. Jones will have cemented his legacy at his former stomping grounds of Denison High. Jones ran for 2,257 yards his senior year at Denison and he will graduate as the school's all-time leading rusher with 5,518 yards. Jones is willing to do anything he can to step out on the grass at Kyle Field on Saturdays, even if that means at another position.

Before stepping onto the Texas A&M campus, D. J. Jones will have cemented his legacy at his former stomping grounds of Denison High School. Jones ran for 2,257 yards his senior year at Denison and he will graduate as the school's all-time leading rusher with 5,518 yards. The 6-foot, 195 pounder was the 22nd verbal commitment of the 2010 class and he is looking to make his presence felt his freshman year in Aggieland.

"I've been trying to get stronger and faster," said Jones. "My leg strength is something I've been working hard on this spring. I'm following Coach Kennedy's conditioning program and I feel I'm in extremely good shape because of it."

Jones is a soft-spoken kid that doesn't care for the spotlight as much as most running backs of his stature. D.J. kept his commitment to Texas A&M a secret for weeks because he didn't want his decision to distract him or his teammates from their play-off run.

"I kept it a secret because our team was in the playoffs and I didn't want any distractions," said the 2009 All-State selection. "I kind of always knew it was going to be A&M. I can't wait to get down there and show everyone what I am all about."

Not only is D.J. an extremely talented player, but he is epitome of an unselfish player. During his tenure at Denison, D.J. played running back, safety, and linebacker for the Yellow Jackets. Jones is willing to do anything he can to step out on the grass at Kyle Field on Saturdays, even if that means at another position.

"I just love hitting people," Jones proclaimed. "I want to make a name for myself right off the bat. I can catch, I can run, and I will knock you out if you get in my way. I don't care if I go to defense, receiver, put me anywhere and I'll play."

"I've seen how some teams have moved a running back to a linebacker. I wouldn't have a problem with it at all," Jones admitted. "I played linebacker and free safety in high school. I played both ways my senior year. If I had to pick a position on defense to play it would be inside linebacker. Those guys hit on me so much; I want to hit them back. You can ask my coach, I love contact."

Jones would describe his play as "very aggressive" and he looking forward to the competition coming in with him and currently in front of him next year.

"I'm not giving up on a play until they take me down, and I'm not going to let just one person take me down. When I get the ball I am looking to get yards and score and looking for somebody to hit. Coach Jordan recruited me because he wants a big physical back. That's what I bring to the table."

Jones made his first trip of the spring on the 17th when he attended the Maroon & White game. D.J. liked what he saw from the A&M offense and it seems he is starting to bond with one of his future teammates.

"Me and EZ are cool," said Jones."He has been giving me advice on how to deal with the pressures I will go through as a freshman. I've known EZ since the 7th grade when they were in our district for track. We have been cool for a long time. He is kind of like a big brother to me."

D.J. will graduate from Denison High School on June 8th so that means he won't arrive to College Station until the second summer session. He will be rooming with Malcome Kennedy.

"I am going to qualify," D.J. stated.


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