Jones is an explosive defensive tackle

An athletic interior defensive lineman that has so far flown a bit under the radar is College of the Siskiyous DT Ruben Jones (6-2, 285). He's had an excellent offseason and even earned All-Combine team honors at the NorCal combine. We spoke to Jones recently and he talked about his offseason so far and how recruiting is progressing.

"We've been working hard this summer," Jones said. "I've been working really hard on my conditioning because last year I really wore down toward the end of the game and this year I want to be really fresh and be able to fire off in the fourth-quarter like I'm able to do at the beginning of the game.

"I want to play every down like it's my last, but also with the strength and quickness of the first one of the game."

Jones prepped at West Salem High School in Oregon and found out pretty quickly he wouldn't qualify because of his grades.

"I really didn't get into football until my junior and senior year," Jones said. "Before that I was just kind of messing around and I had to learn that school was more important that goofing around. It's okay though because I got everything set and I'm doing just fine now.

"I'll graduate in December so that should help me get some looks from schools."

Last year as a nose-tackle/three-technique defensive tackle for COS, Jones collected six sacks to go along with 30 tackles and he was named to the honorable mention All-Conference team.

"I had a good year, but I plan on taking things up some more for this year," Jones said confidently. "I know the defense now and my strength is where it needs to be."

At the NorCal combine, Jones put up 225 pounds on the bench press 18 times while also posting a 5.21 forty time and a 4.92 shuttle time.

"That day was a lot of fun," Jones said. "I felt I did pretty well. I think I could have run a little better, but it wasn't too bad."

On the recruiting front, Jones is hearing from several big-time programs and says they all could offer once he starts his season.

"California, Texas A&M, Nebraska and North Carolina State all have asked for film from me and they said they wanted to see how I did this year," Jones said. "Oregon State has been in a little contact with me, but not much. They are my dream school though. I liked them when I was a little kid and I would love to go up there and play for coach (Mike) Riley."

As mentioned before, Jones will finish his degree in December and he'll have three year to play two at the next level.

We'll have more from Jones as the season gets underway.

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