Dwayne Jones has been one of the most talked about tailback prospects throughout the summer. The Lakewood (NJ) back is 6-1, 230 pounds, and has superior 4.45 40 speed.
The combination of size and speed has helped him earn five official offers to date, with more surely to come this fall.
“I have offers from Boston College, Nebraska, Rutgers, West Virginia, and Syracuse,” said Jones. “My top four right now are Virginia, Syracuse, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech. They are at the top right now, but I’m still considering other schools.”
Virginia and Virginia Tech both have not yet offered according to Jones, who may take a visit down to Blacksburg this weekend. He was hoping to go to Virginia as well, however due to a scrimmage he will not make it.
“I talk to Coach Groh a lot, and he said they will probably offer me once they see my first two games,” said Jones, who says he is being recruited to play tailback by both UVA and Virginia Tech. “They just want to make sure I’m back to where I was before I left [Lakewood] last year. Virginia Tech is the same way – I haven’t really spoken to them, but they have been writing me a lot.
“I was supposed to visit Virginia this Saturday [for the game against Duke] and Virginia Tech on Sunday. I have a scrimmage on Saturday that I can’t miss, so it looks like I won’t be able to see Virginia. I still might go down to see Virginia Tech though.”
As a junior, Jones rushed for 953 yards on just 103 carries and scored 12 touchdowns in only six games. He transferred from Lakewood to Toms River North after only six games because of an undisclosed situation.
Back at Lakewood, he is ready for an outstanding senior season. Practice has been going well thus far, and he feels stronger after improving his upper body strength over the summer.
“My goal over the off-season was to improve my upper-body strength,” said Jones. “I have done that. I don’t max or anything, but I feel stronger. Coach is resting me on offense throughout our scrimmages so I don’t get hurt, but I still feel ready for the season.”
Academics will be the number one factor for Dwayne in making his college choice. He carries a 2.9 grade point average and has scored a 840 on his SAT, meaning he has qualified for NCAA eligibility.
Jones is not sure which official visits he will take or when he will decide.