Deep Creek WR/DB Jalen Jones (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
William and Mary adds speed with Jalen Jones
by Jim McGrath, recruit757
Deep Creek’s Jalen Jones (2021 WR/DB 6-1 170) has found his collegiate home, as the speedy Hornet committed to the College of William and Mary on Thursday.
Jones, who has carried a 4.0 plus grade point average throughout his high school career (and 4.24 overall), will certainly gain from the academic challenge offered in Williamsburg without being overwhelmed by the rigor of study at one of the nation’s most prestigious academic schools.
Jones was primarily recruited for the Tribe by cornerbacks coach Ras-I Dowling, a former NFL cornerback with the Patriots and Raiders, and also a fellow graduate of Deep Creek.
And while Tribe head coach Mike London has gained some speed on the outside (at either defensive back or receiver), there is one other W&M coach who may be equally as happy with Jones’ commitment – W&M director of track and field Alex Heacock.
Excited to announce that I’ll be continuing my academic and athletic careers at The College of William and Mary, thank you to everyone who has helped me get to this point! ❤️ #GoTribe @CoachDowl pic.twitter.com/cKCu5dpocl
— Jalen🥶 (@ja19n_) April 1, 2021
Jones has enjoyed a solid career with the Hornets, evidenced in his last game, a 23-12 win over Western Branch in which he caught five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. The Creek team is 5-1 and heading to Virginia Beach next weekend for a Region 5A playoff tilt against Cox.
However, Jones has also starred on the oval which surrounds the field. In the spring of 2019, as a sophomore, he won four individual events (high jump, long jump, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles) to lead the Hornets to a Class 4A region track title. The following week, at the Class 4 state meet, he almost won the triple jump, but fell just short when a Louisa County jumper hit 47 feet on his final attempt, just one-half inch ahead of Jones’ 46-11 ½.
Although Jones missed his junior season outdoor track campaign to COVID, head football coach Andre Twine, who also serves as the school’s head indoor and outdoor track coach, has high hopes for his star two-sport athlete.
“Jalen is one of the most skillful and smooth athletes l have ever coached,” Twine told Recruit757. “He makes hard stuff look easy. Best combo kid l ever had when it comes to track and football. On top of that, he has the academics.”
Speaking of the triple jump, Twine made one bold prediction, adding “he’s going for 50 (feet) outdoor,” a mark that would easily rank him in the top-three in Virginia, and among the 50 best nationally.
The Tribe football team (currently 1-2 in its spring season) is scheduled to host Richmond at Zable Stadium on April 10.
– Jim McGrath