April 28, 2008

Cyclones make first offer to LB

Godby High School in Tallahassee, Fla., is known for producing undersized linebackers who go on to college and professional stardom, including the likes of Miami Dolphins linebacker Edmond Miles. Class of 2009 Godby linebacker Justin Jones, however, has done something none of his predecessors can match.

The 6-foot-0, 205-pound Jones was part of a Godby team that went 9-4 in the 2007 season. In those 13 games Jones recorded an amazing 188 total tackles, setting his school's single season record in that category. He also tallied 25 tackles for loss and five sacks in his junior campaign and earned all-state and all-league honors for his play.

Bolstered by his junior season production, Jones has started to see his stock rise among college coaching staffs and teams have already started to stream through the school asking about him during the spring evaluation period, including ISU's Wayne Bolt.

"He was talking about the school and how he watched my film and thought I performed well," Jones said. "Then when I came to school (the next day) my coach told me they had offered a scholarship. I was surprised and it made me want to work hard and go to class so I can make it."

With his size and 4.6 40-yard dash speed, weakside linebacker appears to be the position Jones will fit best at on the college level. Besides The Citadel and Iowa State, he said Illinois has also shown heavy interest and been talking with the Godby coaches about offering.

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