Kennedy's Jones is coming home

Seattle-area high school football fans remember who Cory Jones is. Paul Arnold's protege at Kennedy High School, Jones led the Seamount League in rushing and receiving as a senior in 2000, totaling nearly 1900 combined yards. When the University of Washington decided not to recruit Cory as a running back, he went to a college that did - Notre Dame. Two years later, Jones is back home in Seattle and according to him - back where he belongs.

"Right now I want to get home and that's what I've been doing," Jones told Dawgman.com tonight about transferring back to Washington. "I should be a Husky pretty soon. I've talked to the Husky coaches and they are happy to have me. They want to make this thing work out."

There's a need at fullback for someone to back up Zach Tuiasosopo, and while Jones will have to sit out a year per transfer rules, he sounds poised to try and contribute when he can. "They want to put me on offense, at fullback," he said. "I play tailback, but I just want to get on the field, really. Offense, defense, it doesn't matter to me at this point."

There's only one thing that stands in the way for the transfer to be complete. The Washington coaches are unsure if they are going to be able to bring Cory aboard as a scholarship athlete right away. "That's what I'm waiting for," he said. "They don't know yet. They are saying it's looking pretty good, but they don't know, so I'm not going to sign any papers yet."

It was the tumalt surrounding former Notre Dame Head Coach Bob Davie's final year that caused Jones to start re-evaluating his future. "Things there were great, the coaches and stuff, but that first semester with losing and coaches being changed...it was a little overwhelming for me. I wanted to be at a more stable place, like Washington."

And once he made up his mind to leave, he knew exactly where he would end up. "I pretty much knew that if I wanted to leave that I would come back home," he said.

At 6-2 and 215 pounds, Jones has always been physically ready to get after it. His year at Notre Dame gave him the mental game to go with his physical prowess. "My knowledge of the game is at another step," Cory said. "Reading defenses wasn't something I knew too much about coming out of high school, but I have a pretty good knowledge of the game now. That helped me out a lot during spring ball."

If all goes according to plan, Jones plans on donning the purple and gold officially in the fall of 2003. It's a long ways away, but he's already been thinking about what the future holds for him at Montlake. "When I finally do get to play, it's going to be crazy," he said. "We've got Notre Dame coming up my senior year, my 5th year, so I'm pumped up about that. I'm jacked. It's going to be crazy."

Any thoughts for Husky fans, Cory? "They just need to know that I'm going to bust my butt every play and hopefully I can be a good addition to the team," he said.

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