December 11, 2006

Jones knows baseball

Baton Rouge (La.) Southern Lab safety Chad Jones can make big hits in two sports.

The five-star safety had 120 tackles and 12 interceptions this season, scoring six times on defense. While he spends fall crushing ball carriers, Jones spends spring crushing baseballs.

At 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, he is arguably the state's best Major League Baseball prospect.

After finishing 25-33 in 2006, USC's baseball team found a strong recruiting ally in Pete Carroll. However, selling Jones on playing football at USC is a pitch he won't swing at.

According to Jones, his potential on the diamond outweighs any promises of playing time on the gridiron.

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