Things haven't been easy for 2011 RB/S Cameren Jones but some bad breaks haven't stopped the Christ Church standout from working harder than ever to show college coaches he's a prospect to watch this coming season. Jones has made a few stops on the camp circuit this offseason and has generated a nice buzz for himself heading into his senior season. SCPrepNation.com caught up with Jones as he's the latest player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series.
Jones lines up for the Christ Church Cavaliers at running back and safety. At 5'11 195 pounds he's got good size and has been a workout warrior in the weight room when you consider his testing numbers and measurables.
He reports a bench press of 300 pounds, squat of 500 pounds, and a power clean of 250 pounds. He also says he averages between 36 and 38 inches on the vertical.
Jones had a strong showing at a Nike Combine in Charlotte. In fact he posted an outstanding SPARQ score of 107.64 and he talked about some of the times he posted there.
"I ran a 4.43 second forty yard dash on the laser at the Nike combine. I also ran a 4.21 second pro shuttle there."
Having battled back from two injury plagued seasons in a row Jones has yet to take the field with his Christ Church teammates. Jones played his sophomore season at Mauldin where he was well on his way to solid showing until an unfortunate injury ended his season.
"I had 567 rushing yards and 78 tackles in only 7 games because I dislocated my elbow against Dorman. I shared the backfield so I just started at strong safety."
Although he hasn't been on the field in quite some time there are still plenty of teams who are showing him early interest from the film he produced from his sophomore season.
"I'm hearing from Vanderbilt, Duke, Clemson, Maryland, Furman, South Dakota, Michigan, Northwestern, Gardner-Webb, Carson Newman, Presbyterian, South Carolina, Texas, NC State, Western Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee right now."
Along with his trek to the Nike Combine Jones made a few other road trips this offseason to see some campuses.
"I've visited Vanderbilt, Clemson, Furman, Maryland, and PC."
Jones says he's open to all schools and talked at length about some of the schools who are already in the mix but also talked about one program that he's highly interested in hearing more from.
"I honestly wouldn't mind going far away when I go to college. Clemson is a very good school and I'm interested in them very much. Also Maryland stuck out to me when it came to their facilities and what they look for in their athletes."
"Vanderbilt is also a great school. I love their academic program and I realize that they are in the process of rebuilding their football program and I think I could help with that, I know one person doesn't make the team but I think I bring a lot to the table as a leader and as person. Out of all of the schools Texas has my heart the most. I love the atmosphere down there and I think I could be very successful with their program."
Being that he's been injured over the past few seasons it has enabled Jones time to work vigorously to prepare for his senior season. When he was on the field he enjoyed a great deal of success and he's confident that he'll do so once again and even more when he does this season. He shared with us why he feels he's ready to make a major impact this year.
"I am pretty versatile at the running back position. I can catch, run routes, I also have quick feet and can turn my speed off and on; I have built my quick twitch muscles up to the point I can break out from a simple pressure step or spin move into a quick stride with no problem. I also have the ability to run people over when necessary. I don't avoid contact and I'm not scared to take or give hits."
"Most importantly I have the mindset of a winner I know all it takes is one person to set the tone for the game and I don't mind taking the initiative to set the tone and encourage my teammates in any situation. I also do not crack under pressure I just play the game I love the most to the best of my ability every time I touch the field."
Jones talked at length about the work he put in this offseason to improve himself as a prospect.
"I had a very demanding workout this summer and my position coach, Coach Dixon, looked to build all areas because you can always be better than what you are. Mostly we worked on speed and injury prevention workouts to guarantee me a healthy season. I have gained 19 pounds since the Nike combine so we worked on my speed to make sure the weight doesn't hold my back and it hasn't. Honestly the weight I have gained is muscle, also my bench increased and my strength overall is up in all areas."
Although he's still in the midst of the recruiting process Jones has a solid grasp on what he'll be looking at closely when evaluating potential colleges.
I'm looking at location. I want a place I can be comfortable living for a long period of time. I want to play at the top level of football because I know I have the potential to be a standout football player. I would like for the coaching staff to not see me as just a player but as a person and get to know me. I want to go to a school that will give me a chance to prove myself and not just let the seniority play. I will earn my position but I want a school that will give me the chance to play as a true freshman. I want a school that likes to run and pass out of the back field. I want good training facilities so I can gain in my abilities and build myself up into a stronger, faster, and better athlete. Education is most important though. I have narrowed my majors down to English or Marine Biology depending on the location of my college."
Jones reports a 3.5 overall GPA.
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for more recruiting updates concerning Cameren Jones as he appears set to have a major impact for the Cavaliers this coming season.
Check out sophomore video highlights of Jones while he played at Mauldin High below courtesy of YouTube.com.