At Yankton High School in Yankton, South Dakota, Jones recorded 56 tackles, 10 sacks, 2 interceptions (1 TD), and 17 tackles for loss. In addition to being named a first team All-State defensive end after his senior season in 2002, Jones earned many other accolades:
- South Dakota's Outstanding Lineman of the Year
- Honorable Mention All-Conference Offense
- Argus Leader Elite 45 – 2002 Sioux Falls, SD Newspaper
- Outstanding lineman of championship game (2002)
His performance helped Yankton to a state title in 2002.
The coaches at NDSCS were excited to get Jones on board for their 2003 campaign. In 7 games he recorded 38 tackles, 5 sacks, 8 pass break ups, 1 interception, 9 tackles for loss, and 10 quarterback hurries. Jones was named to the All-Region team based on the strong performance.
Four-year programs in the region -- and as far away as Oregon -- have taken an interest in Jones.
"Bobby has received a verbal and written offer from the University of Cincinnati. He has an official visit to Michigan State set for next November 5, and is being pursued by Oregon, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Kansas State, Minnesota, Florida, Iowa, and many others. Schools that came to visit NDSCS in May were Michigan State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Minnesota, Cincinnati and East Carolina," said assistant coach Mike Shafer. "A lot of the visiting coaches said that they new Jones was big on film, but catching a glimpse of him in person was different. They couldn't believe how big he is."
"Bobby is a difference maker. Smart. Coachable. He's very instinctive, very quick, and has a nose for the football. Bobby matured at a very fast rate from the beginning of the 2003 season to the end. He will be a force in the 2004 football season," added Shafer.
So the cat's out of the bag on Jones. It looks like four-year coaches will have to add North Dakota to their recruiting map in 2004.