Garden City LB is set for a big year

He's one of the more versatile players at the linebacker position this fall, but Garden City's Korey Jones (6-1.5, 215) says he knows what he does best – make plays in space. The talented defender put up solid numbers as a redshirt freshman in 2009 and this fall promises to be even better due to his work ethic and talent…

Jones was a standout prep at Rocky Mountian (Fort Collins, Co.) High School, but he didn't qualify after graduating so he headed to Garden City to continue his football career.

"Garden City was the school recruiting me in high school and they were the only one I actually knew about really," Jones told JCFootball.com on Sunday. "I came here to play as a safety, but they already had a really good safety (Hiram Atwater) here in 2008 who is at UAB now, so I redshirted and then I played last year.

"Actually, if I had a choice to do it all over again, I wouldn't change the fact that I redshirted. It really helped me get ahead in school and focus on the things that matter the most. Now I'm comfortable with the system here in football and I know what is expected of me in school."

Even though he was recruited as a safety, Jones was moved up to linebacker to take advantage of his speed and athleticism as well as his solid tackling skill. While starting every game, he notched 65 tackles and two sacks from his weakside linebacker position.

"We play a sort of 3-4 scheme as our base," Jones said. "It changed, depending on the offense we were facing, but in our scheme I played the WIL which was inside."

Because of his 4.5 speed and outstanding instincts, Jones is already hearing from several four-year schools, although none have stepped up with an offer.

"Kansas State, Utah State, Toledo and UNLV are the four that I've spoken to," Jones said. "I don't have any offers yet, but those four are the ones I've talked to a little bit."

Jones will finish up work on his AA this December and he'll have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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