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 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?
5'9" 165 lbs.


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


24-7: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
I want to get a D1 scholarship.


24-7: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?
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?
Yes, definitely.


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


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


24-7: Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
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?
Basketball and track.


24-7: What are your best lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40
yard dash?
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?
A hard working individual that will do anything for the team.


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


24-7: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
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?
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?
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

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