New Coug Jones a high-flying throwback

TWO-SPORT ATHLETES in high school, who are also Pac-12 quality football prospects, are rare these days -- let alone those competing in three sports. Future Coug D'Jimon Jones (6-2, 175) out of Federal Way is a throwback starring in football, basketball and track. And in talking to Jones, that sounds like it was a huge part of why Washington State offered him in the first place.

The Cougs like him at either corner or receiver, Jones told CF.C.

All position coaches love having the uber-athletes in their group because the ceiling is high -- they get to coach them up.

Jones spoke to both area recruiter Eric Mele and DC/defensive backs coach Alex Grinch on Thursday to tell them he was verbally committing to WSU.

"They just said they love what they've seen with my athleticism, and they were going off what I've done basketball-wise, track-wise and then obviously also on the football field. Coach Grinch said he was really pumped for me to commit because he can't wait to work with me," said Jones.

Jones' potential on the football field is intriguing indeed. And he has some serious hops.

Consider that in his first ever high school track and field meet in March, Jones cleared 6-9 in the high jump. He came close to becoming the state champion earlier this month, finishing second. Both Jones and another high jumper cleared 6-8 but were unable to clear 6-10. Jones needed three attempts to clear 6-08 to the other competitor's one attempt, thus placing Jones second.

Back in March, at that first track and field event, Jones also took first in the long jump with a mark of 21-10 ½ -- despite not seriously practicing at it.

On the basketball court, he can easily dunk at 6-2 and was the key sixth man on the Federal Way team that won the 4A state title.

And although his season was cut short by illness, he was the quarterback on the football team that made the state quarterfinals this past year.

Bottom line, Jones has athleticism in spades.

"I've always wanted to play in the Pac-12," said Jones. "I've been talking to my parents about it lately and it just felt like the right time to commit. (Grinch and Mele) they said they can't wait for me to get there. They think I can make a big impact right away."

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