Union County High School has been home for D1 talent over the past decade. That trend continues with a strong 2013 class and we caught up with one of their talented junior prospects in wide receiver Kalay Jones. The 6'2 175 pound speedster has a nice blend of size, speed, length, and athleticism and his junior film has a number of college coaches showing strong interest. We caught up with Jones for an update regarding his recruitment and more!
Some of the biggest news around Union County High has been the hire of new football coach Steve Tanneyhill who was a star at South Carolina and more recently been the head coach at Chesterfield High where he's turn them in a perennial powerhouse program. Jones and the rest of the UCHS community are already taking a liking to their new leader.
"I have learned that Coach Tanneyhill has very high expectations. He also walks the walk and talks the talk. He is a great coach. I am very excited about playing for coach Tanneyhill."
His junior season saw him make 24 receptions for 448 yards and 5 touchdowns. His usual quarterback, Keiston Smith, went down with an injury but it still didn't prevent Jones from a solid season. In fact, his best game of the season came against one of the state's most powerful teams.
"My best game this season was against Gaffney. I had 5 receptions for 99 yads and a touchdown. It was so memorable because Gaffney was the number one team in the state and number four in the nation at the time."
The 2013 prospect talked about what he considers his "bread and butter" and what areas of his game he wants to work on the most to take his game to the next level.
"My biggest strengths are how long I am, my speed, hands, route running, blocking, and my strength. I want to get bigger, faster, stronger, and become a better receiver all the way around."
His work has already piqued the interest of a number of schools and Jones shared them with us.
He says that Notre Dame, Duke, and Penn are recruiting him the hardest out of the group currently.
Jones, in fact, has visited one of those schools already.
"I have visited Notre Dame and I loved it! The atmosphere was great!"
For now Jones doesn't have any other visits coming up but he says he'll be active on the camp and combine circuit this off season. He talked with us about schools that he'd like to hear more from soon.
"Early playing time will be a big factor and education, location, and style of play will be too."
Moving forward Jones has set some lofty goals for himself in his senior season.
"My goals are to have over 1,000 yards receiving, 10+ touchdowns, 40+ catches, and make the Shrine Bowl or North-South game."
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for more updates with Kalay Jones as we expect a breakout season from him and the rest of the Union County squad this season. Check out some of Jones' work in the weight room below.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...KALAY JONES
Bench press: 255 pounds
Squat: 445 pounds
Power clean: 285 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.36 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.24 seconds
Broad Jump: 9'7"