UP NEXT: 2009 Greenville RB D.J. Jules

D.J. Jules is the next player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series. The Greenville High RB has rushed for over 1000 yards this season and has helped Greenville become a key player in the AAA state championship race. Inside learn the very latest about this fast rising 2009 prospect as SCPrepNation.com brings you another FREE premium recruiting update.

The old saying goes, "never judge a book by its cover." Most people would take one look at 5'4 150 pound Greenville High RB D.J. Jules and question if he should be playing on Friday nights with the rest of the guys. Jules however not only plays but he starts and excels in a big way despite what many look at as a disadvantage being smaller than most running backs. How good in fact is Jules? The 2009 prospect has already run for 1000+ yards this season for the Red Raiders which is primarily known as a pass oriented team.

Jules may honestly be the most important piece of the puzzle for the Raiders this season. Teams have often keyed on the Red Raiders outstanding wide receivers in the past few years but now they have to respect the running game due to Jules' talent. Wide receivers Chris Wallace and Tony Curtis are the key guys drawing defenders away from the line of scrimmage and Jules has utilized that and some good blocked up front by his offensive line to land himself on the recruiting map in a big way.

Before Jules and the Red Raiders defeated A.C. Flora last week in the 1st round of the playoffs his numbers were as follows: 159 carries for 1089 yards and 8 touchdowns. Opposing teams may have overlooked him early on in the season but the ultraquick RB has earned the respect of all the teams he's faced.

At 5'4 150 pounds Jules could be labeled a scatback considering his 4.49 second speed in the 40 yard dash. The amazing thing about Jules is that while he can easily run away from defenders he often initiates contact and more often times than not he gets the best of defenders. We've seen him play a few times this season and D.J. is one of the toughest runners we've seen this season. He attacks defenders and with his leg strength and low center of gravity it allows him to explode through defenders and drag them for a few extra yards usually.

The Red Raiders biggest win of the season came when they defeated then #1 and defending AAAA state champions Gaffney. Jules said the victory over the Indians "felt good." It was also against Gaffney that Jules said he faced the toughest player in his career to this point. "Yeah J.B. Shippy is the toughest player I've ever gone up against."

His best game of his career came against Belton-Honea Path Jules said. "Against BHP I had 25 carries for 204 yards and a TD. This was the 1st time I scored on my very first carry during a game."

For now he is focused on helping his team in the playoffs as they try to make a run at a AAA state championship.

Currently Jules is open to any schools that are showing him interest. As of right now he says that he would like to see what potential schools have to offer.

SCPrepNation.com will continue to bring you the very latest on 2009 standout RB D.J. Jules as he and the Red Raiders continue on to the 2nd round of the AAA playoffs against Blue Ridge this Friday.

Inside The Numbers...D.J. Jules
Bench press: 250 pounds
Squat:400 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.49 seconds

A Closer Look At...D.J. Jules
3 favorite music artists: Li'l Wayne, T.I., T-Pain
Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
Favorite subject in school: Math
Favorite food: pizza
Favorite football player: Reggie Bush
Favorite thing to do when not playing football: wrestling
Favorite video game system: XBox 360
Dream school: Clemson

Greenville RB D.J. Jules

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