Christ Church continued their winning ways last year winning yet another state championship as one of the most dominant teams in recent history. One young prospect the Cavaliers leaned on last season was 2018 linebacker Khalid Jones who contributed in a big way despite his young age. We caught up with Jones after he camped with an in-state program last week as he's already on track to be one of 2018's brightest young stars. That's why he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!
Jones talked about his freshman campaign for the Cavaliers with us and what kind of numbers he posted en route to another state championship.
"Last year I had 60 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries, 6 tackles for loss, caused one fumble, deflected 2 passes, and had one interception."
That play has lead to numerous programs taking an interest in the freshman with so much upside at Christ Church.
Recently the 6'1 225 pound prospect camped with nearby Clemson. He talked about his time at Dabo Swinney's camp and what he likes about the Tigers early on.
"I attended Clemson's camp on Tuesday. I thought camp was great! I enjoyed the competition and learning from coach Venables. Clemson has great academics and I like the sense of family with the coaching staff."
Moving forward he talked about the schools he'd really like to hear more from during the next three seasons.
We asked Jones to break down the strengths and areas of improvement for his game and he had this to say, "I'm a three down linebacker, I'm very good against the run, have good cover skills, and a high football IQ. To get better I'm continuing to work on my speed, agility, and watching film from last year."
With the Cavaliers winning 4 straight state championships there are plenty of high expectations within the program to maintain that winning tradition with the longest winning streak in the state currently. Jones talked about some of the goals he's set for himself next year when he's a sophomore.
"On the field I'd like to lead the team in tackles, sacks, tackles for loss, and just be a positive influence on the team. Off the field I want to volunteer more in the community and continue to make the honor roll every semester."
We asked the promising young prospect if he likes to watch or pattern his game after any particular players and he gave us a definitive and thorough answer.
"There are two. Jamie Collins who is an all around linebacker. He's versatile. He can move from outside linebacker to inside linebacker to pass rusher. Also Navarro Bowman who is a student of the game. He uses his intelligence to adapt and always gives 120%."
We'll have an update with Jones to talk about his latest camp stops at South Carolina and Georgia so stay tuned.
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