Signing Day Scouting Report

What a coup for assistant coach Randall McCray as he comes to Illinois and snags what was then the best kept secret in the Land of Lincoln. Dex Jones can flat out play and once the 6-foot-1, 220-pound, running back, from Montini Catholic in Lombard sees a college weight-room and training table for a year, the sky will be the limit.

What do I love about Dex Jones? This young man is tough! He plays hard, he runs hard, he gives 110% effort on every play and he has the size to play fullback and the tools to be a feature running back in the Big Ten.

Former Rutgers running back Brian Leonard and former Penn State running back Tony Hunt are just a few players that come to mind when I watch film of Dex Jones.

Jones has great hands and could be a threat catching the ball out of the backfield. Dex runs hard and can push the pile, he has a very good forward lean and he doesn't go down on first or second contact.

More positives for Jones, he gets up field quickly. He's a north-south runner that keeps his pads squared to the line. Dex shows excellent vision he sees the cut-back lane and reacts well to his blocks. This young man flat out wears down a defense and I can't reiterate enough the fact that he has outstanding hands.

Jones needs to keep improving on his straight-line speed. If he can run consistent 4.6 40-yard dash, he could have a bright future in the backfield for the Badgers. If Dex wants to be a featured running back in this league, he'll need to show he can get the corner, he needs to show he can be elusive and make tacklers miss.

Overall, I know many see Dex Jones being a fullback for the Badgers but if the stars align right for this kid, I feel he could be a bruising tailback that can wear down opposing defenses. Jones has the heart and determination to put an offense on his back and carry a full work-load.

Dex Jones Profile

#28 RB/LB Dex Jones 2007 Highlights –

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