In-State DB Has Duke Interest

Dante Jones

The Blue Devil coaching staff continues to identify players of major interest in the class of 2013 and extended a handful of early scholarship offers. One of the top in-state players on the board hails from Raleigh and recently spoke to TDD.

"Right now I'm hearing from Duke, NC State, Middle Tennessee, Colorado, and Clemson," said Southeast Raleigh High standout Dante Jones. "I don't have any offers yet, but I'm working hard to earn them."

At 5'10 and 170 pounds with a 4.5 forty on the books and the ability to play multiple positions, Jones probably won't be waiting too long for the offers to roll in. And he's already pretty familiar with some of the schools in contact.

"I camped at Duke, NC State, Vanderbilt, Clemson, and Wake Forest. I feel like my talents have continued to evolve since the summer because I've gotten a lot faster and stronger. I have learned how to set up plays to take advantage of an opponent and I'm much more aggressive on the field."

As his junior season has progressed, Jones has lined up at receiver, running back, tight end, corner back, safety, and on special teams as his team's returner. When he's gotten the ball, things are happening.

"Right now I'm averaging 20 plus yards per touch. On defense I have 19 tackles in four games. I've also got an interception and four pass breakups."

So what has made Jones such a dangerous and explosive player?

"I feel that my strengths are my know lee of the game - coverage schemes, ways to hide coverages, and that kind of thing. I also work very hard off the field and am always dedicating myself to getting better. Working on my leadership, quickness, vision, my hands, and always making sure nobody beats me mentally. I also know what I need to work on. I need to make sure I'm playing hard on every down and getting out of breaks faster."

That proactive attitude has carried into the recruiting process where Jones quickly made things happen a year ago.

"My recruiting the summer before my sophomore year. I was calling coaches to let them know who I am and trying to generate some exposure. Now I get several letters a day from the schools along with emails. They all have varying information. At this point I'm not really satisfied with it, because there's not been an offer. It's something that motivates me to work harder."

As for Duke, the Blue Devils had a chance to see Jones up close at camp last summer where the Raleigh native posted a 4.45 forty time and then did well in the position drills.

"I felt I did well at Duke's camp. The one on one drills I felt like I really excelled. So far Duke's main pitch to me is to come in and have a chance to get a great education while also having a chance to play top notch football."

"I think Duke is certainly rest for academics and the team is headed in the right direction. I'm really impressed with everything I've seen from them and they are showing a lot of interest. I want to learn more about them in terms of their offensive and defensive schemes and how I could fit in."

Off the field Jones reports an interest in the medical field as a potential major citing his favorite high school subjects of science and anatomy.

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