Eddie Jones Earns U.S. Army Bowl Invite

The U.S. Army All-American tour made its first stop in the Lone Star State Wednesday to announce the selection of Kilgore, Texas DE Eddie Jones to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl West squad. Jones, along with 77 other top prospects from across the country, will compete in the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 7.

Scout.com's top-ranked DE in the nation was surrounded by his high school teammates, coaches and family as he was presented his white West jersey by U.S. Army representatives.

"It's an honor. I've worked hard throughout my career to get to a point to be recognized for my play," Eddie Jones said. "It's an honor to be included in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and I hope to do my best."

Through three games of his senior season, Jones has totaled 21 tackles, nine TFLs (for over 30 yards in losses), two sacks, six pressures, one tipped pass and two fumble recoveries, one of which he took back for a touchdown. He also plays some wing on offense, plus fullback and running back in Kilgore's power set.

As a junior rush end last season, Jones finished with 131 tackles, including 12 sacks, 15 quarterback pressures and four passes batted down. As a sophomore, he totaled 84 tackles.

"Eddie's not just a great football player, he's a great person who will represent Kilgore High School and the community both on and off the field," said Kilgore head coach Mike Vallery.

"Eddie puts God first," said his father, Eddie Jones, Sr. "He goes to church every Sunday and the Lord has blessed him with the ability to play football and to go to college and get an education and a good degree."

Jones is currently No. 5 overall in the Texas Hot 100 and is the 31st-ranked overall prospect in Scout.com's national prospect rankings.

"He's 6-3 to 6-4, 245 pounds and has a size to play on the highest level," Vallery added. "He should do well in the U.S. Army Game and in his collegiate career when he goes to the University of Texas."

Jones, who had offers from Texas A&M, Texas, TCU, Houston, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and several others, ended the suspense early when he gave Mack Brown a verbal pledge after attending the Longhorns' Spring Game.

"I always ask him where he wants to go," said his mother, Elizabeth Pierce, "and he says Texas is where he wants to go. It seems more like a family there. We went with him to A&M and TCU and I thought he would take more visits but when he went to Texas, that's where he wanted to go."

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