Jones is a Hidden Gem in the Piney Woods

Check out Stepping Stones!! TexasPrepInsider goes in depth with some of the top Class of 2009 recruits as you get an early introduction to the big names for next season! Today we talk with Marshall QB Darius Jones. If you don't have a premium membership to TexasPrepInsider, you are missing out!!!

Marshall QB Darius Jones looks to be one of the most underrated players in all of East Texas, but the 5'11 175 pound athlete with 4.43 speed in the forty hasn't escaped the watchful eyes of recruiters.

Jones besides the big time speed is very strong for his size bench pressing 280 pounds and squatting 415 pounds. A three year letterman for the Mavericks, Jones was the District 12-4A offensive MVP as a junior leading MHS to a 7-5 record and a trip to the area playoffs in 2007. As a sophomore Darius played WR for Marshall and that is the position he's being recruited at for the most part.

Not only does Jones star on the football field for Marshall he also plays basketball, baseball and he runs track for the Mavericks. "My speed and knowledge of the game are my two biggest strengths, and this off-season I am looking to put on some good weight," replied the Marshall QB.

Oklahoma State and Oklahoma have shown the most early interest in Darius, but he's hoping a good camp season and some good work in seven on seven play will continue to increase his stock.

Darius lists academics and how he fits into the program's overall scheme as major factors in deciding where he'll land for his college years. "I probably won't decide until after the season," replied Jones when asked about a timetable for his decision.

The Marshall signal caller says he's got big expectations for 2008, "I want to help us not only win district but make a playoff run. We have our longtime rivals Longview in our district and we are very excited about it."

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