December 9, 2011
Speedy WR pulls down offer from the Black Knights
At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Wide Receiver Hayden Jones can bring and bring it fast.
Jones offers the kind of speed that the Black Knights would love to inject into the wide receiver corp.
The Orlando (Fl.) Lake Highland High School has put up numbers both on the gridiron and on the track that fit the mold of the type of prospect that Army consistently goes after, where the sanctioned track numbers confirm what the staff has seen on film and often times in person.
Which is why Coach Rich Ellerson and his staff have made it clear to speedster their level of interest by extending him an offer to play football for Army and attend West Point.
On the season, the speedy prospect out of Florida had 48 receptions for 739 yards, to go along with 9 touchdowns and even had one pick-six on defense where he played corner and strong safety.
His track numbers in the very competitive state of Florida reveal a 100M best time of 10.86 at last year's state region meet, and he also runs the 200M and 4x100 relay.
Jones, who is being recruited at Army by defensive tackle coach, Clarence Holmes, says he looking forward to making his way North to West Point. "We (Coach Holmes & I) are setting up a time for me to visit in January," states Jones, who added more light to his thoughts about the Black Knights and how the recruiting has unfolded.
"I'm very interested in Army," he adds. "They offered two weekends ago on Saturday, but Coach Holmes had called me a couple of weeks before and told me that they were really interested in me and that they were going to offer me soon. He also told me a little bit more about West Point, the team and how he saw me playing in their offense."
"I've gone to the website that Coach Holmes recommended that I look at and I'm becoming more familiar with what the school is all about."
In addition to putting up positive football and track numbers, Jones is equally as impressive in the classroom. "My cumulative GPA from freshman to junior year is a 3.725 and I'm either going to major in Business or Computer Science."
So where does he see himself playing at the next level? "I see myself playing receiver, then kick returner and punt returner at the next level," declares Jones, who indicated that Army is recruiting him as a wide receiver and slot back.
When asked if he will be watching Saturday's Army-Navy game, Jones was quick to respond. "Definitely," says Jones, as he lets out a chuckle confirming the obvious.
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