Garden City wideout hopes for big 2010 season

Garden City promises to have a solid wide receiver corps this fall and one of the players hoping for a big 2010 season is WR Antonio Jones (6-4, 202). He saw spot duty last fall as he continued to get used to the speed of the college game and this summer he's spending a lot of time in the weight room trying to get stronger so he can have an impact this fall...

Jones was a solid prep wideout at Timmonsville (Sc.) High School, but was unable to qualify for a D-1 scholarship. Heading the JC-route was a no-brainer for him, but when it came to deciding where to go, he said it wasn't a hard decision at all.

"Garden City were the only coaches that talked to my mom," Jones told "That really made an impression on me because they took the time to get to know my family better."

As a freshman last fall, Jones saw action in the receiver rotation, hauling in eight catches for 135 yards while playing in four games.

"I was just getting used to things," Jones said. "This year, I'm getting myself stronger so I can get off press-coverage better and just be more physical.

"Ever since the end of the season, I have been living in the weight room because I want to have a big season."

Recruiting is just starting to get off the ground for Jones, but he said three have stood out so far.

"Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State and Marshall are the three schools recruiting me the hardest right now," Jones said. "I'm open to playing anywhere though, it doesn't really matter to me. I just love playing football and I want to play it as long as I can."

Jones is on pace to finish up his AA degree in May of next year and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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