Commitment Impact: Jamaal Jones

It came as no surprise when Graham (Wa.) Kapowsin WR Jamaal Jones decided to end recruiting early and commit to the Huskies late last week. Here's a look at how his decision will impact the 2011 Washington recruiting class and what dimension he brings to the roster once he arrives...

Jones is an explosive athlete, able to make plays by either out-running defensive backs or out-leaping them for the ball.

Where he needs to show improvement is in his overall approach to the game and his intensity on the field.

Those who have seen and scouted Jones have always raved about his athleticism and potential, but lamented the fact that he lacked the intensity to put in the work during the week to get better.

So far, Jones has done everything he can to shed that stigma, putting in the work in the weight room this past winter and looking like he's poised for a huge senior season.

He even admitted to Dawgman.com back in March that he didn't do much in the way of preparing for football season until August rolled around, but said his focus is definitely on putting in the time during the offseason.

With offers from Idaho and Washington State and Oregon saying they were close to offering, Jones was a rising star on recruiting boards and figures to be a solid depth player early in his Husky football career.

He figures to redshirt as a freshman, allowing him to work on his overall strength and route-running, while getting used to the speed of the college game.

Fans can expect Washington to take two more receivers in the 2011 class and they've targeted some of the top pass-catchers in the country this spring by offering the likes of Junipero (Ca.) Serra's George Farmer, Skyline's (Sammamish, Wa.) Kasen Williams, Chapparal's (Temecula, Ca.) Antoine Arnold, Mater Dei's (Santa Ana, Ca.) Victor Blackwell (a USC commit) and Summit's (Fontana, Ca.) Devon Blackmon among others.

Williams appears to be a pretty heavy Washington lean at this point and Blackmon is heavily considering the Huskies as well.

Jones has a chance at having a solid career while at Montlake after a year in the program as long as he can continue to show the work-ethic he's shown over the past six months.

Jamaal Jones Scout Profile


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