Player Spotlight: TJ Jones

<STRONG>Interview with Peoria corner TJ Jones</STRONG>

Overshadowed by stars Keegan Herring and Markus Turner, CB TJ Jones had himself quite a nice season. He earned 1st team all region last year and looks to keep Peoria a perennial playoff team despite heavy losses to graduation.

 

24-7 Football.com: What were your stats from last season?
TJ Jones:
40 tackles, 4 INTs and 12 tips.

 

24-7: What is your official height and weight?
TJ:
5'9" 165 lbs.

 

24-7: What is your greatest football memory?
TJ:
Coming back to beat Desert Vista in week 4.

 

24-7: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
TJ:
I want to be the best DB in the state next year and make All Arizona.

 

24-7: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any
camps this summer?
TJ:
I am running track right now and I will be working with Willie Jones over the summer.  I will be attending the ASU football camp and the UofA camp.

 

24-7: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What
area would you like to keep improving on?
TJ:
I really want to work harder on the mental part of football.  I get down on myself too easy.  I want to improve my speed and footwork because you can always get better on that.  There is nothing you can not improve.

 

24-7: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
TJ:
Marcus Rodriguez (LB), Richey Gahagen (DB, RB), Chris Miranda (WR), Dale Hunneywell (QB), Travis Simpson (WR), Brian Mitchell (DB), Joe Mangenelli (OL), and Paul Rangel (RB/FB).

 

24-7: Name one teammate you really respect and why?
TJ:
Chris Miranda, he is probably the hardest working person on and off the field.

 

24-7: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
TJ:
I want to get a D1 scholarship.

 

24-7: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?
TJ:
No offers yet.  I have received letters from Oregon, Georgia Tech, Columbia and Colorado State.

 

24-7: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
TJ:
Yes, definitely.

 

24-7: What would your top 5 college choices be?
TJ:
Oregon, ASU, NAU, ASU, and Colorado State.

 

24-7: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?
TJ:
Mekell Wesley, he was fast and quick; very difficult to guard.

 

24-7: Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
TJ:
Skylar Hagg (WR Ironwood), he goes on the field to play ball, he doesn't talk any trash.

 

24-7: What other sports do you play?
TJ:
Basketball and track.

 

24-7: What are your best lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40
yard dash?
TJ:
Bench- 230, Squat- 360, Power Clean- 225, and a 4.48 in the 40.

 

24-7: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
TJ:
A hard working individual that will do anything for the team.

 

24-7: Who is your favorite athlete and why?
TJ:
Champ Bailey, he is a versatile athlete.

 

24-7: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
TJ:
Play each down like it's your last, because when your last down comes, you will wish it was your first.

 

24-7: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
TJ:
We will be a state championship contender.  Our team has a lot of heart, and we play together.

 

24-7: What can a college program expect from you as a player?
TJ:
A person that will do anything to help the team out.

 

The staff at 24-7 would like to thank TJ for his time and wish him luck in his training for the upcoming season. Anyone wishing to contact TJ may email jason@24-7football.com.


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