A Bear of a Defensive End

<b>Teddy Jones</b> is another Southwest product that is expressing interest in the <b>Washington Huskies</b>. The 6'3", 260-pound lineman from Forth Worth,Texas attends Southwest High School, but the Lone Star State is about the last place he expects to be come this time next year.

I want to leave Texas and go to school somewhere else," Teddy told Dawgman.com. "I want to experience the world. I've felt that way for quite a while."

It was fortuitous that Jones happened upon a Husky pamphlet in his mailbox earlier this spring. And they kept coming. And he kept reading. "It was weird getting stuff from them originally, but I was really impressed by what I saw," Jones said. "Their teams are always ranked and they always play tough teams. They always go up against good competition. I'm high on them right now."

The coach recruiting Teddy for the Dawgs? None other than LB Coach Tom Williams.

Even though Southwest hasn't started off like gangbusters (they are 1-3 so far), that hasn't stopped colleges from calling the impressive lineman. "I've been getting lots of calls," said Jones. Texas A&M, Rice, Kansas State, Washington and New Mexico have called lately."

His coaches have been keeping Teddy's recruitment on a short leash. "I know my coach told the Oklahoma coach that I have a couple of offers already, but I don't know where they are from," Jones said. "I'm not worrying at all about that until after the season is over."

He has, however, put together a list of the five schools he prefers to visit when the time comes. "I'd like to take trips to Washington, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, and Georgia Tech," he said.

When Teddy says he wants to experience the world, he's not kidding. He has no family or friend ties whatsoever with Washington, and he doesn't mind that one bit. "No. I don't know anyone up there, so when I go visit, that will be the first time I've been up there," Jones said. "And to be honest, that's what I want it to be."

When Jones sets his mind on something, it's usually a done deal. At least that's the way it is on the gridiron, where Teddy racked up 40 tackles through his first three games. "I am quicker than the other guys," he said, describing his style. "I use that and my strength to dominate."

Jones has been clocked at 4.9 for the 40 yard dash, but hasn't been truly tested in either the bench or squat. "I've never been tested in the weights, because when my coach does that, I'm already playing basketball," Teddy said. A three-sport star, Jones also does track. "Shot put, That's it," he said. 53' is Jones' personal best.

"I'd say I'm pretty calm out there," he said when asked how he goes about his business. "I just go out and get the job done. I'm a leader who goes out there and plays my role."

The lead Raider on defense admits to trying to emulate those pesky guys from Oakland who use the same name. "We hope to show some people in our district that we can play," Teddy said. Southwest takes on South Hills tonight in their first league game.

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