Nick Jones is the latest player in our "UP NEXT" series. Jones is a class of 2010 prospect who has already wowed the Rebel fans and staff with his abiities. Jones is a former quarterback who is making the transition to wide receiver and running back for the Rebels. At 5'9 173 pounds Jones has a knack for making plays with the ball and the Rebels are looking to capitalize on that ability.
We asked the 2010 prospect if he looked up to any players in particular when it comes to his abilities on the gridiron. Jones responded, "Most people tell me I pattern my game after former Byrnes star Prince Miller (former SC Mr. Football and current Georgia Bulldog DB), but in my opinion I pattern my game after Reggie Bush." We had heard the "second coming of Prince Miller" statements through the grapevine and when asked about it Jones said, "Its an honor to be compared to somebody like Prince. I take pride in that, but that means I'm going to work twice as hard to get at the level Prince was at. My freshman year when I came to Byrnes all I heard from students, coaches, and players was you look just like Prince on the field. So everytime I score a touchdown people say...you look just like P Mill on that one."
Considering the early comparisons Jones has a lofty measuring stick to compare to in Miller but Jones brings a lot of the same skill set that Miller used while at Byrnes. His greatest asset thus far has been his ability to make people miss which is something Miller exceled at while in Duncan. Jones still sees plenty of room for improvement though. "I've been working especially hard on improving my speed, having better footwork, and route running."
The 2010 prospect told us about his best game last year as well playing on the JV level for part of the year. "My 9th grade year against Mauldin was probably my best game. I had 2 rushing touchdowns, an interception, and a punt return for a touchdown. That game was so special to me because I felt like I proved a point to all the fans and my coaches."
Next year will be a big one for Jones as he's expected to take on a larger role in the Byrnes offense. He talked about the season which is just around the corner and what games he's most looking forward to playing. "I'm really looking forward to our second game of the season because we are playing Dr. Phillips High School on national TV. Another game I'm looking forward to is our game against Gaffney. Gaffney beat us twice last year an ended our run of 4 consecutive state championships. So I'm really looking forward to playing those guys."
"My goal for next season is to make a huge impact for the team and get some D1 offers from colleges. Our team goal is to get to know each other better and go back to state and win it all again."
Jones also informed us that he's already hearing from Clemson and Georgia. He says his top five favorite schools right now would be, "West Virginia, Penn State, Georgia, Arkansas, and Virgina Tech." With a few more seasons to go in his career we're sure Jones will be hearing from more schools before it's all said and done.
Inside the Numbers...Nick Jones
Bench Press: 220 pounds
Squat: 375 pounds
40 yard dash: 4.49 seconds
Vertical leap: 28 inches
A Closer Look At...Nick Jones
3 favorite musical artists: Lil' Wayne, T.I., Young Jeezy
Favorite movies: Get Rich Or Die Tryin, Friday Night Lights, Friday
Favorite food: Chicken Fingers
Favorite subject in school: Math
Favorite football player: Reggie Bush
Favorite college and pro team: West Virginia, Penn State,and the Atlanta Falcons
Dream school: My dream school is either West Virgina or Penn State University. I've just always admired those schools as I was growing up.
Favorite thing to do when not playing football: Sitting around with my friends playing video games and just having a good time with my family.
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