Jones leads powerhouse East Lansing attack

In East Lansing, it's just not a football team named Spartans that is bidding to have a banner season.

In the high school ranks, the East Lansing Trojans have also gotten off to a promising start, led by linebacker-split end Brad Jones, who plans on joining Colorado's football program next year.

Jones led East Lansing to a 2-0 start prior to the Trojans' 34-22 loss to Jackson Friday night. In his first two games, Jones had 200 yards receiving with six receptions and one touchdown.

"He's been having a great season, "said Jones' dad, Don Jones.

"His coach, Jeff Smith, handles kids as well as anyone," Jones said.

Don Jones said Ohio State has also expressed interest in his son, but Brad said his verbal commitment to Colorado is firm.

Jones is in his third varsity season as a starter.

"He's playing on just about every down right now," Don Jones said. "He usually comes off the field just for kickoffs. He's a magnificent receiver."

Defensively, Brad Jones picked up 31 tackles his first two games.

"I'm playing well at both positions," he said. "I probably like linebacker more than wide receiver. At linebacker, I feel I'm very quick. I've been using my speed, agility and quickness to fly to the ball."

At receiver, "I've got good hands and I'm able to use my speed," Jones said.

The Jones family is loaded with football talent. Preston Jones is currently a freshman running back at Arizona State. With Brad Jones destined for Colorado, there's also a younger brother, Cameron, who, Don Jones said, could eventually prove to be as talented on the high school level as his other brothers.

Despite the loss to Jackson, Brad Jones likes his team's outlook for the 2003 season.

"We've got a very strong football team," he said. "We're going to go very far this season. We have some depth this season."

Colorado, Jones said, "Is definitely my top choice. I went there, talked to the coaching staff and was impressed. They certainly know how to work with you."

As for his collegiate position, "Colorado seems to like me more at linebacker than receiver," Jones said.

While he's trying to lead East Lansing to title contention, Jones also hopes to turn his game up a few notches to prepare for his college career.

"I just want to get better overall, get faster, bigger and stronger," he said. "I want to upgrade myself and work hard."

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