DoresDaily Prospect Spotlight
Name: Miles Jones
School: American Heritage (FL)
Twitter Handle: @milesjones2018
*Committed to Vanderbilt*
Offers: Vandy, Georgia, Kentucky, Miss State, Navy, Oregon St, Syracuse, Toledo, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Jones quickly became one of the top prospects on the Commodores recruiting board when the South Florida recruit attended camp last year at Vanderbilt. The dynamic offensive threat is a hard man to stop with the ball in his hands. Jones is a bit undersized but doesn't stop him from competing against top competition and proving his worth on the football field. Standing 5'9, Jones uses his size to his advantage but his speed is what sets him a part. The 3-star prospect is considered one of the top all around swiss army knife type recruits in the 2018 recruiting class and the Commodores coaching staff couldn't be more excited about bringing the South Florida speedster to Nashville.
When you talk about what Miles Jones can do on the football field, you begin to think "What can't he do?" Jones is a do it all offensive weapon that Vanderbilt envisions using in multiple roles and trying to give him the football to at anytime they can. Jones mainly plays running back at American Heritage and he will get the shot to carry to rock for Vanderbilt as well but the Commodores see the dynamic track star playing in the slot catching passes, taking reverses while being groomed as an eventual home run hitter in the return game. Jones is a state champion on his high school's track team. He is a fast young man that if given a crease, will hit the open field quickly and leave you in his dust. Jones is more of a straight line runner who hits the hole hard and continues moving quickly down field. He shows no hesitation in his movements and makes up his mind pretty quickly on where he is going. Playing corner back is something that Jones could handle. That's how athletic he is and how much his abilities on the football field, translate to the collegiate game. Vanderbilt targeted Jones early and sold him on the idea of becoming the Commodores top offensive weapon one day and being the guy they go to when they need something big to happen.
This was a hard comparison to really think about because in today's college football, 5'9 170 fast and athletic players are everywhere but which one's have really stood out and become household names. After sifting through multiple options, Jones really reminds me of departing Vanderbilt all-purpose back, Darrius Sims but better. Sims came to Vanderbilt as a highly recruited prospect who started his college career as a defensive back but after he was quickly moved to offense where his abilities would shine brighter. He was used in multiple ways at Vanderbilt and was a one cut, down hill runner who excited the fan base when the ball touched his hands. Sims eventually became the Commodores most dynamic offensive weapon and Jones has the chance to move into that role, sooner than later. Jones and Sims are about the same size with the 2018 3-star having the chance to be a bit bigger. Both players have the ability to find the end zone at any given time but what Jones could offer that Sims didn't is the ability to run routes and catch passes. Jones also has more experience than Sims in return game coming out of high school. The bag of tricks that Jones has will give him an opportunity to see the field early once he arrives in Nashville.