Offseason Means Hard Work For Jones

The junior class in Michigan is loaded with talent at the running back position. With some big names at the top, it can be easy to forget about Cass Tech's Teric Jones. But the youngster is taking the steps needed to put himself in the conversation about the top backs in the state.

Edwin Baker, Larry Caper, Hersey Jackson...anybody familiar with high school football in Michigan knows these names by now. All three are being hailed as national recruits and are the three headed monster leading what many are calling the state's best group of prospects in quite some time.

Teric Jones believes it should be a four headed monster. The junior from Cass Tech did not quite have the season he wanted, splitting carries with Indiana commit Cortez Smith, but knows deep down that he has the talent to be one of the best.

"Yeah,I just hate how the end of the season went," he said, "Crockett got in at 5-4 and we were cut short and that [early season ankle]injury killed my stats."

Jones did finish the year strong though, rushing for 104 yards and two touchdowns against Detroit Mumford and with Smith moving on to Bloomington next year, he will be the feature back.

With that in mind, Jones, who started the season at 5'10, 181-lbs, has been preparing himself for the starting role as well as the Army Junior Combine.

"Big Will (William Campbell) got his packet for the combine and we've been working overtime to prepare for it. You'll be surprised at my forty time and my weight," Jones stated, "I'm at 194 lbs and last week I ran a 4.36."

A fine athlete, Jones has also been quite the basketball player growing up, but he now wants to make his future on the gridiron.

"I'm not going to play this year," he reported, "I'm just going to run indoor track and lift weights, I think I'm done with basketball."


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