“It just feels good to get it out of the way,” Jones said. “I still had coaches calling and I was supposed to go on a visit on Saturday – I had to cancel that. It feels good to get all out of the way and just focus on one school and know what I have to get done.”
Jones had interest from several schools: LaGrange College in Georgia and Lindsey Wilson in Kentucky. He also had interest from Alabama A&M and Jacksonville State before both programs changed coaching staffs.
“The coaching staff and the community,” Jones said. “It is not a big town. I didn’t want to be nowhere big and I would have more possibilities to get in trouble. I wanted to be somewhere I can be chilled with a level head and focus on school and football so I can do what I need to get done. I want to keep the outside distractions away.”
TC Central head coach Damien Dorsey is elated about Jones’ opportunity to play on the next level.
“I am very happy for him,” Dorsey said. “I am blessed to be his coach. Right now he is in a state where he can go and do some great things and represent TC well. Hopefully, we can get some more guys up there based on how he works. That is our whole goal. He is setting a standard for what we expect and how we are going to handle business.”
“They can expect someone that is going to work as hard as possible to keep up with the competition and pass the competition,” Jones said. “I am going down there to make some noise. I want to go down there and put TC on the map in Tennessee.”
In his senior season, Jones put up some impressive numbers for the Fighting Tigers. Jones recorded 43 tackles, 14 for a loss, and five sacks.
”I am going to try to do the same in college,” Jones said. “I just have to put the work in. My stats speak for themself in high school. I was a talker, but it comes to stats I let them speak for themselves. That is what I am going to do in college. I’m still going to talk; my game is not going to change at all. I’m still going to get in everyone’s head and I’m still going to be that hard-nosed player. I just have to let my stats speak for themselves. I am on the next level and no one knows my name and I don’t know their names. They are going to have to make their names known to me and I am going to have to do the same thing.” Dorsey said that Jones was a pleasure to coach during his two years at the Howell’s Cove. He said that Bethel can expect a student/athlete that’s going to give it his all in he everything he does.
“A guy that is going to work hard, do what the coach asks of him and play hard,” Dorsey said. “The rest is all on him. The most important thing is for him to get his grades, so he can stay playing. ”
For Dorsey, this is his first player from TC Central to sign a scholarship. During his career as a coach, he has helped eight kids to scholarships.
“Thanks to his grandmother Sheryl Jones, who was always there for him,” Dorsey said. “He had a good foundation, so I am blessed enough to be here to say I was able to help him get a scholarship.”
Jones said that several people made his dream of playing college football a reality.
“I want to thank all the facility at the school,” he said. “Coach Dorsey for helping me and pushing me. Mr. Young, my family and I have to always thank God. Without him none of this would have been possible. I also want to thank Coach (Shon) Burney. He gave me a chance when the other coach wouldn’t .”