October 2, 2009
Big East program looking at Jones
Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep running back Tony Jones holds two offers at this time, but other schools are showing a lot of interest. One of the new schools looking at Jones is Syracuse.
Have the Orange offered the 5-foot-8, 178 pound prospect?
"Syracuse is showing interest right now. They have not offered yet."
Despite the Orange not offering at this time Jones likes a couple things about the school.
"I think Syracuse University is a good school. I think it is a very good academic school. I think they have a very good football team, the football team is building. I think it is a very good school to go to."
Now that the two star prospect has things he likes about the Orange, what does Syracuse like about him?
"Well they basically just like my work ethic and how I play the game and how I carry myself. They also like what I can do in the weight room."
A visit to check out the Syracuse campus has not been set up yet, but Jones would jump at the opportunity to see what they have to offer.
"If I get a chance to visit of course I will go there."
Right now Boston College and Michigan are the only schools to offer Jones and he spoke about what he likes in each school.
"They are two good schools football and academics wise. It is not like a big big college it is a good college to go to and it is not like a huge college with a big campus, I'm taking about Boston College. Michigan that is a big college. It's a difference, but they are both two very good teams."
Year in and year out Don Bosco is one of the top high school programs in that nation and this year is no different. Jones is playing a big role in their success so far this season.
"My season is going well. We are 2-0 right now," Jones said. "The second game I remember my stats, but not the first game. In the second game I had 22 carriers, 224 yards, and three touchdowns."
That big game with over 200 yards rushing led to some national recognition as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Player of the Week. That was an honor that shocked the diminutive running back.
"It made me feel great. I did not know about it until I was told. It was just like a big surprise for me."
When it comes to what kind of a player Jones is he likes to model himself after two NFL running backs.
"I like to model my game after Darren Sproles and Brian Westbrook because they are like me. They are not the biggest running backs, but they still have that build for the NFL. Right now I just have to get my body right more and that is why I am in the weight room all the time."
Jones has his model of the player he wants to be, but what makes him a division one prospect?
"I block for the quarterback, I run, I run block, and I catch passes out of the backfield. I am basically a complete running back. That is why I work so hard in the weight room so I can get bigger for the college level."
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