Little Known TE Catches Bucks’ Eye

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West Lafayette Ridgewood junior Evan Jones

West Lafayette Ridgewood junior Evan Jones is not as well known
in recruiting circles as many other Ohioans, but the OSU staff is very
well aware of him and happy he made it to Columbus over the weekend.


The Buckeyes signed two of the country’s top tight end prospects in
their 2011 recruiting class in Nick Vannett
and Jeff
Heuerman
, so the position is not a high priority for 2012
recruiting.

In fact right now the OSU
staff is up in the air as far as whether or not they will sign a tight
end this recruiting season. But if they do one of the prospects who is
very much on their radar screen was in the Horseshoe on Saturday for the
Buckeyes’ spring game.

Evan Jones (West Lafayette, Ohio/Ridgewood) is not as well known
in recruiting circles as many other Ohioans, but the OSU staff is very
well aware of him and happy he made it to Columbus over the weekend.

While Jones enjoyed the experience, he noted a spring game is not
quite like a real game during the season.

“It was exciting,” Jones said. “It was fun. But I like the
intensity of a real game.”

In addition to the Bucks’ spring game, Jones attended an Ohio
State junior day during the winter.

“I was there when they played Indiana in basketball,” he said.
“That time I toured the facilities.”

The 6-foot-6 and 240-pound Jones has been a starter at both tight
end and defensive end since the beginning of his sophomore season. He
helped lead Ridgewood to a 10-1 record last season with 10 receptions
and two touchdowns as well as 58 tackles including seven sacks and 15
for loss.

Jones is a talented athlete in a big body. He also averaged 14
points and 10 rebounds per game in basketball this past season and
throws the shot and disc in track.

Jones is being recruited by Ohio State tight ends coach John Peterson and
Taver Johnson.

“I talk to coach Peterson and coach Johnson, my recruiting
coach,” Jones said. “They said they would be out to my school sometime
this week. They want to come and watch me workout.”

Jones has scholarship offers from West Virginia, Akron, Toledo
and Bowling Green. He has visited the first two and plans to attend
Michigan State’s spring game this weekend. Jones is also hearing from
Michigan and Duke.

However, it is Ohio State that sits at the top of Jones’ list.

“It’s always been my dream to play there,” Jones said. “I grew up
loving Ohio State.”

Bill Kurelic’s Comment: Jones didn’t begin playing football
until his sophomore season so his future is definitely ahead of him.
While he does not have an OSU offer, I am hearing the Bucks’ interest is
legitimate. I don’t expect Jones to land an offer from the Buckeyes in
the next few weeks, but certainly would not rule it out down the road.

Check out Jones in action courtesy of our friends at
ScoutingOhio.com:

http://scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=5368

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