Travon Jones - Multi-Purpose Threat

Travon Jones (5-9, 175) may be the top multi-purpose player in the country this year. His talents have helped Fresno get to its current 7-1 record.

"My strengths are, without a doubt, my quickness and vision," said Jones. "They help me make up for my lack of size."

Jones ended up at Fresno City College in central California because he was a non-qualifier out of Bullard HS in Fresno. He had a great career there, starting as a true sophomore for a good program.

Defensive coordinators from opposing teams have to plan for Jones as Fresno lines him up at running back, split him out wide, and he also returns punts and an occasional kick.

This year so far I have 42 carries for 602 yards and 5 touchdowns plus 5 receptions for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns," said Jones, whose biggest game was against nearby West Hills College. In that contest he says he had only 5 carries and scored on 4 of them. His 1 reception? Another score.

Versatility is something four-year coaches love in a JC recruit. Coaches want to get all the can out a young man who's typically only there for 2 years. So they love that Jones also returns kicks. On the year Jones says he has 6 punt returns for 102 yards and a TD and one kick return for 62 yards.

On the recruiting front Jones is hearing most from Nevada and Utah. Both programs would like to get a visit from this May graduate in early December. Other schools showing solid interest include Washington and Oregon State.

"What I'd like to do, if possible, is stay in California. I like San Jose State and San Diego State, but I'm not hearing from them," Jones said. He added that San Jose State is recruiting Fresno's outstanding wide receiver Zeb White.

We'll keep an eye on Jones' situation as the regular season draws to a close next month.


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