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Recruiting on the South Plains | CB Bruce Jones

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 Measurables:

Position: CB
DTN Profile
Video: Clip 1
Rivals 5.5
24/7 Sports N/A
Ht: 5'9" | Wt: 175 lbs | Forty: N/A
JUCO: Riverside C.C. (Riverside, CA)

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 2012 Class: Cumulative ranking explanation here. Cumulative ranking data here. Quick and easy explanation:

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.

Position Commitment Ht/Wt School/State Cumulative Ranking
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
Averages 70.3