Minneapolis Washburn (Minn.) junior running back Jeffrey Jones has been to Iowa before, but returned…
Jones a Big First Get for Minnesota
Minnesota landed one of the top juniors in their home state and the entire Midwest today when Washburn High tailback Jeffrey Jones committed to the Golden Gophers. He held other offers from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State and Wisconsin, but he always remembered who was first. "Basically the staff here has shown love for me since day one. They were the first school to give me a scholarship and were always first on my list," he said. "That was my first opportunity for a scholarship. The coaching staff is great and they'll turn the program around now. They need some more players and not just only me, but more hometown players that can bring winning back to Minnesota." Jones made the short trek to campus today and while head coach Jerry Kill was at a coaching convention, he was able to be on the phone with the class of 2014 star to accept his commitment. "I talked to Coach Kill and let him know. He was excited and he just wanted to make sure that was the decision I wanted to make. He didn't want me to be thinking back and forth. He wanted me to be sure of my choice and not committing and de-committing." With his talent and size (6'1, 190-lbs), Jones has many of the attributes to play right away, and although he has another year of high school, he has already spoken to his future college coaches about that possibility. "Yeah, they did, but it all starts with my work ethic and how I adjust to the game. If I adjust well to that, I've shown I can do on the high school field and do that on the college field, I will have a chance." Now the stress of recruiting is off a young man who was likely to receive many more phone calls, letters, e-mails, etc. from college recruiters. "That's exactly what I knew it would do, give me little room to breathe, buckle down, focus on my teammates instead of individually, where I'm going to go. I can actually help my teammates with their recruiting and let them know how things go." And he gets to stay close to home. "I was born here, grew up here, and it's always been a dream of mine. This is a dream come true."
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