Trip Report - Jamaal Jones

He may have been a bit overlooked because of a shoulder injury that kept him out of his senior season, but Jamaal Jones could be a vital cog in Washington's 2011 recruiting class. spoke with the 6-foot-2, 170-pound receiver prospect, who took his official visit to UW this past weekend.

"It's been an eventful weekend," Jones said. Not only did he take in a glimpse into his future college experience, but he also got some good news with regard to his injured shoulder.

"I should be able to do everything in about three weeks, except maybe maxing out (weights)," Jones said. "But I'll be able to work out and get ready for college, start running again to get my wind back up."

Before that, all Jones had been cleared to do was pushups and lifting with smaller dumbbells. His fastest 40 before the shoulder injury was 4.43, and his last 100 time was 11.1 during his sophomore season.

The injury will not stop Jones from pursuing the same thing all the 2011 enrollees are gunning for - playing time. "If I can play, I'm going to play," he said. "They told all the recruits to expect to come in and compete. That's the mindset (UW Head Coach Steve Sarkisian) wants."

So what was the highlight of his visit? "Hanging out with the players and seeing how they live and what they do," Jones said. His host was freshman linebacker Victor Burnett, and he also spoke a bunch with Josh Shirley, who redshirted this past season.

"(Shirley) told me that (redshirting) is not as bad as everybody thinks," Jones said.

Jones will come to UW as a receiver, but he might also display his versatility in other areas. "They might want to use me on special teams, but I'm not sure what they have planned for me," he said.

The visit weekend was dominated by local recruits, players that decided to stay close to home and play college football in Seattle. Jones took the opportunity to get to know more about his future teammates.

"It was good to find out where people live, because it felt like I was the only one that came from the middle of nowhere," he said. "It was great to start to build some relationships and to also find out how everybody was recruited."

Graham in the middle of nowhere? "It's definitely in the middle of nowhere," Jones said with a laugh, giving some insight as to why he decided on a school located in the big city.

And will Jones, who committed to Washington during Memorial Day weekend, look at taking any other official visits? "I'm set on U-Dub," he said, matter-of-factly. "I committed to UW and that's where I'm staying."

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