Jack Jones was a five star athlete coming out of high school. He committed to the University of Southern California, and to be honest the kid was off to a fast start. He was dominating college football, but while he was focused on the field, he was not so focused off the field.
Jones began to slip in the classroom and would eventually be declared academically ineligible to play. Jones then did not help himself much, because he was arrested with two others for breaking into a restaurant. I am not here to hold Jack Jones back, I am here to tell you about his amazing bounceback.
While Jack Jones would no longer be on the Trojans, he would have to find a way to get back into the spotlight on the field.
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The Long Beach Poly High School standout was one of the most highly sought-after prospects in the country. He saw time as a true freshman and played a reserve role at cornerback. in 2017 as a sophomore, Jones started all 14 games and finished the team with a team leading 4 interceptions.
After becoming academically ineligble and getting arrested though, Jones decided to go to Junior College at Moorpark. He transferred to a JuCo from USC and finished as the number 4 junior college corner prospect and landed with Arizona State.
Last year though, those minor setbacks became major comebacks for Jones. Jack Jones impressed me and he impressed his coaches at Arizona State. He finished starting 12 games and racked up 43 tackles and finished with three interceptions.
You want to know the most impressive part though? Jack Jones prevailed! He made the DEAN’S LIST!! I love this story, kids may have all the talent in the world, but some never get the chance to put it all together. Arizona State should be proud of Jones, that is a major accomplishment. I love this, because his story could inspire young athletes. Jones could always be on the Dean’s List, but he chose not too. He now understands that he can do it, and I expect huge things from Jones in 2020.
NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes:
There is not one player in college football that I am rooting harder for than Jack Jones. I work in a federal prison and I teach classes to watch young men who gave up on trying to be successful because they were lazy or just not committed. They threw it all away, and it is sad to speak to the men because they cannot see the bright spot in life. Many were athletes, many were great people, but did not take life serious. I will be telling the story of Jack Jones in my prison classes for the rest of my career, because it truly proves that you can do anything you put your mind too. When it comes to athleticism, or play, trust me the kid was a beast in high school, he never lost the ability to play the game. He lost the ability for people to trust him. He has the talents to start right now in the NFL, and he will be there next year. He just has to remain committed one more year, and that little change he made by going to JuCo will be the biggest pay-off of his career. Sometimes we need to fall to realize what we had. Jack you are talented, keep grinding. You have a fan in Florida, God Bless – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds Owner