Jones is the fourth commit, and most likely last, from Riverside C.C. I mentioned this a bit earlier, but I think the thought with the staff was to recruit and sign players that could play and that played on successful teams, as Riverside and Gulf Coast were both highly ranked at the end of the year. At this point, I have no idea if it will work, but I've been impressed with the film that I've seen of each of the players and Jones is no different. It was difficult recognizing good cornerback play, but I think that Jones has it.
Let's get to it.
The Player Speaks: LAJ's Don Williams profiled Jones, and Jones says that he likes to compete:
"I’m a tremendous competitor," he said. "I think that’s what’s got me here (to be a Division I recruit). When I’m on the field, I’m trying to show I’m the best man out there. I’m playing with some good guys, so it’s not easy to do that."
Offers and Rankings: Only two schools, Texas Tech and New Mexico St. No rankings.
The Video: Film don't lie.
Bruce Jones #21 (via footballjunkhead)
Scouting Report: Am I crazy to really like Jones ability to jump the receiver. Very quick recovery time and a really nice leaping ability that coincides with the ability to correctly time his jump to break up a few passes. He's adept at playing man, has a nice ability to recognize a play and support the run defense and isn't afraid to hit. I really like what I'm seeing here. For the year, Jones finished with 31 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 4 interceptions and 12 pass break-ups. This probably means that Jones was probably playing the opposing team's #1 receiver and didn't back down. For comparison purposes, the leader for pass break-ups was Cody Davis with 5.
Bruce, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!
The idea is to take all of the data from all of the recruiting services and put it into just one number. Thus, the idea is that a grade of 68 or 69 is a thee-star player, while a ranking of 83 or 84 is a four-star player. Anything in between those numbers or lower means that the player most likely has a lower grade with one service or another. For example, Quinton White is thought of by all the recruiting experts as a solid three-star player. While a player like Clayton Nicholas is mostly a three-star player but ESPN does give him a four-star grade, so his grade is a bit higher.
|QB||CLAYTON NICHOLAS||6-3/205||Cooper (Abilene, TX)||74.3|
|RB||QUINTON WHITE||5-8/180||A&M Consolidated (College Station, TX)||69.8|
|WR||REGINALD DAVIS||6-1/185||Tenaha (Tenaha, TX)||83.9|
|WR||DOMINIQUE WHEELER||6-2/178||Crockett (Crockett, TX)||84.8|
|WR||SADALE FOSTER||5-8/185||Riverside C.C. (Riverside, CA)||55.6|
|WR||JAVON BELL||5-8/185||Gulf Coast C.C. (Perkinston, MX)||81.7|
|C||JARED KASTER||6-4/268||Rice (Altair, TX)||71.7|
|OL||TREY KEENAN||6-5/270||Argyle (Argyle, TX)||74.5|
|OL||RASHAD FORTENBERRY||6-5/285||Gulf Coast C.C. (Perkinston, MS)||63.9|
|DL||J.J. BYNUM||6-3/275||A&M Consolidated (College Station, TX)||71.1|
|DL||MICHAEL STARTS||6-5/285||La Vega (Waco, TX)||84.2|
|DL||ANTHONY SMITH||6-0/291||Westfield (Houston, TX)||70.5|
|DL||CHASE ROBISON||6-4/225||Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN)||63.6|
|DL||DESIMON GREEN||6-5/230||Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, VA)||71.0|
|DL||LEE ADAMS||6-3/265||Riverside C.C. (Riverside, CA)||67.2|
|LB||KRIS WILLIAMS||6-2/200||Bryan Adams (Dallas, TX)||69.6|
|LB||RYAN FLANNIGAN||6-1/200||Marshall (Missouri City, TX)||71.0|
|LB||WILL SMITH||6-3/220||Riverside C.C. (Riverside, CA)||69.2|
|LB||CHRIS PAYNE||5-11/215||Gulf Coast C.C. (Perkinston, MS)||61.4|
|DB||LA'DARIUS NEWBOLD||6-1/180||Lancaster (Lancaster, TX)||70.1|
|DB||MICAH AWE||6-0/210||Mansfield Summit (Mansfield, TX)||67.5|
|DB||THIERRY NGUEMA||6-0/175||Santiago (Corona, CA)||62.3|
|DB||AUSTIN STEWART||6-2/200||Pierce C.C. (Woodland Hills, CA)||63.9|
|DB||BRUCE JONES||5-9/175||Riverside C.C. (Riverside, CA)||63.4|
|ATH||KEENON WARD||5-9/176||Snyder (Snyder, TX)||70.7|