Jake Jones is coming off of a junior season where he helped lead his school, Hodgson Vo-Tech in Newark, Delaware, to a state championship. The 6’3”, 275 pound two-star center, according to Rivals.com, is proud of what his team accomplished last season but is now looking ahead to the future, including this season, college football and his potential career.
Jones said thus far in his recruiting he feels things have gone well but he is yet to receive an offer. However, he said he has received interest from Villanova, Fordham, Temple, Coastal Carolina, Maryland, Columbia, Yale, Monmouth, Virginia, Delaware and Connecticut. He expects some offers to come in during and after his senior season, he said.
“I think a lot of these schools just want to see a little bit more of my tape,” Jones said. “They all tell me they’re very interested and very impressed with me. They say they want to see some games from my senior year.”
Jones said that while he doesn’t have a list of schools, there are two front runners in his mind: Temple and Coastal Carolina. Speaking on Temple’s football program, he said he believes they’re moving in the right direction.
“They’ve had some rough years in the past but I think they have some good years to come,” Jones explained. “I would like to be a part of something like that.”
He added that Temple’s proximity to his home and their medical school are other big draws for him. The education a school can provide him is very important, Jones said.
“I want to have a good life after football, so education is pretty much my most important thing,” he explained. “I’m looking to be an orthopedic surgeon so I can stay involved with the game, so a school’s medical program is going to be a huge factor in my decision.”
Jones said the football achievements of Coastal Carolina, who finished last season ranked seventh in the FCS, are impressive to him as well.
“They’re a program on the rise,” he said. “They’re getting a new turf field this season and I think they could compete for a national championship soon.”
Another school Jones said he would like to get more interest from is Delaware and is confident that after a successful senior season, he will get the attention he would like from his in-state university.
“I haven’t talked to [Delaware] much, only a bit,” he added. “I hope Delaware talks to me. I believe if I have a great senior season they will. I’ve talked to other FCS schools in their conference but not as much Delaware for some reason, but after my senior year I think it’ll pick up.”
Jones said his biggest strength is his technique.
“I got quite a few coaches say it’s one of the best they’ve seen,” he explained. “Also, my ability to understand the defense and adjust on the fly. I play my assignments and I think that’s one of my valuable assets.”
If there is something he needs to work on, he said it was his pass blocking, but has been taking steps to turn that weakness into a strength.
“I’ve been working a lot on my kick steps and punch and I really think that’ll help,” he said. “I’ve been doing a lot of work one-on-one wise and counter moves against what defensive linemen can do on me. I think it’ll make a big difference this year.”
Jones said he would ideally like to make a final decision during his senior season but is at the mercy of when offers come in.