Jones Reels in UW's First Camp Offer

With Wisconsin's first summer camp in full swing, the Badgers coaching staff extended their first known verbal offer to Minneapolis junior running back Jeffrey Jones.

MADISON - On the first of two Wisconsin one-day camps this summer, Washburn (MN) junior running back Jeffrey Jones was one of the more impressive players on the new Camp Randall turf. Knowing that, it's no surprise that the 6-0, 190-pound running back watched the remainder of Monday's practice in the stands with an offer in his hands.

"It was pretty excited," Jones told Badger Nation. "I spent the morning practice working with (running back coach) Thomas Hammock. I had a good workout and did really good in my one-on-ones. During a break, I met with Coach Bret Bielema and that's when I got the offer."

The one-day camp was Jones first visit to the Wisconsin campus and competing on the new turf was one of the highlights for Jones' day.

"I really like the turf," said Jones. "The coaching offices upstairs are really nice. I enjoyed meeting the coaching staff and everybody I have met is really outstanding. Coach B told me about the running back tradition at Wisconsin, where they have had a 1,000-yard rusher in 17 of the last 19 seasons."

Jones ran one of the fastest 40-yard dash times Sunday, not a huge surprise since the speedster torched defenses to the tune of 1,310 rushing yards (averaging over nine yards a carry) and 18 touchdowns last season.

"Coach Hammock really liked my explosiveness and how I moved in open space," Jones said. "He thought I had good vision out of the backfield. Coach Hammock is a good guy. With Montee Ball coming back, it says a lot about the way he coaches here."

Jones has been busy in the early summer months, attending the R.A.S. camp in Indiana, a Nike Camp and an Iowa State camp. In his eyes, every camp is making him better for his junior season.

"I am learning more about my game," Jones said. "Every camp I have gone to, I have taken something positive away from the coaches. It's more mentally than physically getting better."

Jones will camp for the final time this summer at Minnesota and will visit Northern Illinois tomorrow to support his teammates camping with the Huskies. Holding offers from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State and the Gophers, Jones says he has more visits to take before he even thinks about making a decision.

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