Profile: Cory Jones

Multitalented Mississippian Cory Jones has the all around skills to be a contributor at more than one position.

Jones, a rising senior who will play this year at Columbia High School in Mississippi, has the skills to contribute at more than one position in college, which figures to make him a valuable target in the recruiting wars.

Jones (5-9, 180, 4.45) has earned numerous honors at running back and kick returner the past two seasons, including first team all-state selections as a sophomore and second team all-state picks as a junior. Those join a slew of all-district and all-metro selections.

Jones Sprints
Jones is a slashing type runner who won't overpower many people, but who has excellent vision and the moves to make tacklers missed. He rushed for 1685 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior, and has piled up 4935 all purpose yards and 48 TDs during his high school career.

Even more impressive than his rushing totals have been his punt return numbers. Jones averaged a ridiculous 36.7 yards per punt return as a junior, and has returned ten punts for touchdowns on kick returns.

Due to his excellent hands, Jones could also be looked at as a slot receiver, from which he could use his excellent speed. Some schools are looking at him exclusively as a defensive back, while others are intrigued by his multi-dimensional abilities.

Jones has received interest from schools such as Mississippi State, LSU, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Southern Mississippi, Colorado, Alabama, Arkansas and Stanford, as well as West Virginia. He attended WVU's football camp in June, and also attended Nike camp at Alabama.

The past two seasons, Jones played at Florence High School, but this season will move to Columbia High, following his father, Steve, who will be the head coach for Columbia this year. The elder Jones is a graduate of Mississippi State.

Cory is also a standout track performer, and will have no trouble qualifying.

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