Player Profile: Jeff Jones

Can DE/TE Lead North?

One year ago DE/TE Jeff Jones was preparing to help lead a talented Moon Valley team to a state title.  This summer, Jones is doing the same thing, but it is with another team.  With his transfer, Jeff Jones has been added to a North high squad that went 9-2 last season and looks to be one of the top contenders in Arizona's 5A division II. 

 

Last season as Moon Valley made its march to an undefeated 4A state title, Jones was an integral part on both sides of the ball.  Offensively, Jones had 24 catches. 12 of those catches went for TDs.  Defensively, he was a wrecking machine, recording 62 tackles, 6 sacks, forcing 5 fumbles and returning an interception for a TD. Along with that stat line, Jeff Jones is 6'4 and weighs 255 pounds. Throw in surprising quickness and Jones may be one of the state's top prospects, with interest from schools across the nation.  When assessing his own strengths and weaknesses as a player Jones says, "My strengths are simple, I'm stronger, quicker, more talented and more athletic than the man lined up across from me. My weakness is being able to play hard the entire game. Instead of coming out when I am tired I just go 60 percent instead of 100 percent."

 

Jones now has the opportunity to bring his playoff experience to a North squad that lost to eventual state champion Hamilton in the first round. North head coach Stuart Goldstein must be excited at the opportunity to add Jones and fellow transfer QB Eric Archuleta to a team that already boast one of the state's top players LB/TE Cody Dowd.  Offensively, Jones should make a nice go to receiver for Archuleta, who passed for over 1,100 yards in just six games.  Defensively the combination of Jones and Dowd may be one of the most formidable in the state.

 

If Jeff Jones can focus his tremendous talent one game at a time for an entire season the sky could be the limit not only for him, but also for North high.



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