Mountain West School Is First To Offer Jones

2018 Ellsworth CB Elijah Jones (6-3, 180) has burst onto the JUCO recruiting scene in the past few weeks and on Monday he received his first offer...

"I just received an offer from Utah State," Jones told "They had been talking to me for a while and I was talking to the defensive coordinator (Kendrick Shaver) and he said he liked what he's seen of me and he feels like I can play ball at the next level, so they wanted to offer me.

"It was exciting to get my first offer, but it's just starting for me, so I am just going to take my time."

Other schools talking to Jones include Oregon State and Colorado.

"That's about it right now for the schools that have talked to me, but Alabama called my coach and asked about me, so that's something kinda interesting right now," Jones noted.

As a freshman last season, Jones locked down his side of the field and posted 11 tackles, three interceptions and eight pass breakups while working his way into the Panthers' secondary rotation.

"I'm definitely a cover corner," Jones said. "I just like competing and I am patient and I watch the receivers' hips so that I read when they are going to break or what they are trying to do."

When it comes to things he wants to work on, Jones was matter of fact.

"I want to work on my speed and I want to get bigger," Jones said. 

Jones enjoyed a solid prep career at North Fort Myers (Fl.) High School, but he was unable to qualify for a scholarship to a four-year school, so he opted to head to Ellsworth and he couldn't be happier about his decision.

"No one else offered me a scholarship and I felt like this place was a great place to get some work and to focus on football and school," Jones said. "I liked that they got guys moved on to the next level and I've had a great time so far and I feel like it's just going to get better."

The gifted corner will finish up his two-year degree in May of 2018 and he will have three years to play two following the 2017 football season.

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