Newcomer Profile - Adam Jones

A look at Georgia defensive back Adam Jones.

Adam Jones
Defensive Back, 5-11, 180 lbs., 4.4
Westlake High, College Park, Ga.

One of the most highly rated recruits in this class … good prospect on either side of the ball … goes by the nickname "Pac-Man".

Had an extremely good year on both sides of the ball for 9-3 Westlake … rushed for 1,850 yards … on defense, he had 120 tackles and six interceptions.

Named first-team all-state in class 4A at the "athlete" position … was considered a Georgia Tech commitment until signing day when he spurned the Yellow Jackets and signed with the Mountaineers.

Considered several other offers from ACC schools before deciding on the Mountaineers … came to his signing day ceremony wearing a Georgia Tech hat, which didn't raise many eyebrows considering that only Jones and his head coach, Dallas Allen, knew his ultimate decision. Stunned the crowd, which included several reporters and some Georgia Tech alums, when he pulled off the GT cap and pulled out a WV one from inside his suit coat, donned it and signed with the Mountaineers

Also an all-state basketball player … plans to major in business … son of Deborah Jones.

What Rich Rodriguez says: "Adam Jones is a very personable young man, and we think he's an outstanding football player. He's from right there in the Atlanta area. Georgia Tech tried to get him, but we were able to sneak him out of their hometown. He's also an excellent basketball player, and you could probably offer him a scholarship just based on watching his athletic ability in basketball. He'll be either a safety or corner, and he also returns kicks and punts. He was also very good as a running back, but we think he'll be best in the secondary."

What Herb Hand says: "Adam Jones may be the steal of the class. Other than the kids from Texas, going into Atlanta and getting him away from Georgia Tech may have been our best recruiting job. Steve Bird did a super job recruiting him. He has got a great deal of talent, and we really like him. So did a lot of other schools."

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