Keep An Eye on Clear Creek's Jones

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature Clear Creek wide reciever Tevin Jones. This is a TPI Premium story.

Tevin Jones may not be a household name -- yet.

The 6-2, 190-pound wide receiver from Clear Creek is quietly evolving into a player to watch in the recruiting class of 2011. Several top-shelf schools have already taken notice of Jones, who caught 28 passes for 408 yards and five touchdowns in 2009.

"It's early, but I've heard from Houston, Utah, Syracuse, Colorado State and Rice," Jones said.

No school has yet to make a formal offer, but Jones has wasted little time in improving his numbers after the Wildcats missed the playoffs for the first time since coach Darrell Warden arrived in 2005.

He has already improved his bench press to 365 pounds and increased his vertical jump to 35 inches. Jones hasn't been timed in the 40 since last summer, but is confident that his numbers will be improved that category, as well.

"I know I ran a 4.57 last season," Jones said, "but I know my speed has improved. I think I can now run (the 40) in the 4.4 range."

Jones is excited about the Wildcats' prospects for 2010. Clear Creek will return the bulk of their starters, and with fellow wideout C.J. McElroy expected to draw a lot of attention, the chance for Jones to really make an impact will present itself.

"We've got eight starters back on defense, so we will be more experienced on that side of the ball," Jones said. "It was disappointing not to make the playoffs this season, but we're already working on making a return next fall."

Jones will take part in the Nike camp and said he expects to attend several others this spring and summer.

While he doesn't have a favorite school at this point, Jones knows what he'd like in a program.

"I would love the chance to step in and contribute immediately if I can," he said. "It would be nice if I were able to play close to home, but right now, I am open to seeing what is out there."

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