The talent continues to flow from Byrnes High School. We already told you about 2010 WR/ATH Nick Jones last summer and just what did Jones do to support our early analysis of his talents? Let's see 54 catches for 727 yards and 7 touchdowns later Jones arrived on the recruiting map in a big way. SCPrepNation.com caught up with the dynamic playmaker for the Rebels for the latest regarding his recruitment and more.
No matter where he is on the field the opposition has to keep a close eye on Nick Jones. Normally he's lined up in the slot and at times he's in the backfield. Last year he also showed off his prowess as a former standout middle school quarterback throwing a touchdown pass in last year's AAAA Divsion 1 state championship game to teammate Jason Logan. With Byrnes having so many weapons offensively sometimes he gets lost in the mix but if you give him any kind of opening Jones will make you pay.
We asked Jones if he had a preference as to where he lined up on the field. "It really doesn't matter to me. I will help my team in anyway possible for us to win." When we brought up the touchdown pass and rekindled those days as a promising QB on the middle school level he responded, "My offensive coordinator told me I may be getting some snaps under center this year."
For Jones and the Rebels they are favored to win another AAAA Division 1 state championship again next season after running the table unscathed last year to a 15-0 record. This Rebel squad will play a tougher schedule including some heavyweight out-of-state programs who are quite prominent nationally as well. The thought is that if the Rebels can work their way to another undefeated season that they will be a major player in the national championship talk.
Jones shared with us his thoughts about it all. "My mindset for this season is to just take it one game at a time. If you can remember my freshman year we were also considered to have a chance to win the national championship but thats all we really focused on and we didn't achieve our goals. So we try not to talk about it and just take it one game at a time."
Despite his youth the 2010 prospect is all business when gametime arrives. It's so businesslike that teammates have nicknamed his "Serious" Jones. Having learned of the name we had to find out just why he was given the moniker. "(Laughs) The name Serious originally came from a rapper, but my teammates started to call me that because they always say I walk around with a serious face on and that I'm serious on the field. That's how I got the name Serious Jones."
Well "Serious" would also describe the nature of his recruitment early on at this juncture as well. Schools from across the nation have shown interest and he filled us in on the ones he's hearing the most from currently. "I'm hearing from Clemson, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Florida, and Florida State. Most teams are recruiting me as an athlete." Although it may still seem somewhat early in the process Jones holds a scholarship offer from Northern Illinois. That offer may not stand alone for too long either. Some schools are showing him strong interest compared to others. In fact a few may be close to offer he feels, "Clemson, Virginia, and Florida State I feel could be the closest to offering."
Holding an offer already we asked him just what he felt were the strongest parts of his game to this point. "My strengths as a football player are probably my ability to play any position on the field and I think that makes me a good prospect." Indeed it is as more programs are showing adulation for players who can be moved around on the field and still produce from different positions. Given that ability Jones is among the upper echelon of all-around football prospects in the Palmetto State regardless of class.
"Serious" however loves to talk about his team before mentioning himself. He talked at length about his Rebel squad. "I really hope we can win another state championship and possibililty be the first team in Byrnes history to win the national championship. My personal goals are to just become a better leader and produce a lot more for my team than I did last year."
Always a tireless worker he works out everyday to tweak and improve his abilities. Asked what areas he wants to make the most progress in currently he said, "I'm working hardest on improving my speed, strength, and acceleration at this point."
So far Jones hasn't made any unofficial visits but that could change in the near future as his recruitment continues to heat up. Having so many top flight programs recruiting him in a big way it's only a matter of time before he adds more offers to his resume. Jones also named his five early favorites that he likes the most at this point in time as well. "I'd say Virginia, North Carolina, Penn State, Florida State, and Clemson right now."
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