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For the first time in his high school career, Cody Jones is playing the position that many colleges are projecting him to play at the next level. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound athlete from Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino has given up his starting quarterback duties to play tight end. Through three games, he has four catches for 128 yards and a touchdown.
"I am getting used to it," Jones said in regards to playing tight end. "It's a little different but I think I have adjusted well." He is also starting at defensive end for a Sabino squad that has started out 3-0.
The fall contact period started out kind of hectic for Jones, who has narrowed down his recruiting to three colleges.
"It was pretty crazy the first couple of nights," he explained. "I had 12 calls the first night but now I get one or two a night. I am still considering Purdue, Cal and Colorado."
Each college on his shortlist has offered, with the Buffaloes being the most recent to present him with a written offer last week. "I'd say Purdue, Cal and Colorado are all pretty much even," Jones said. "I like them all about the same."
Jones has been to all three unofficially but would like to take official visits to each before reaching a decision. "I don't know if I am going to find time in my schedule to do it now so it might have to wait until after the season," he said.
Cal projects Jones to play defensive end in college, Purdue likes him at tight end and Colorado has expressed interest in him on both sides of the ball.
As a junior, Jones earned first-team all-league honors at defensive end after he racked up 11 sacks. He also played quarterback and threw for 916 yards and 13 touchdowns.
"Cody is extremely big at 6-foot-5, 225-pounds," Sabino head coach Jay Campos recently told BuffStampede.com. "In addition to being big, he is fairly agile. Cody runs a 4.7-forty and he has really worked hard this summer at improving his lateral movement.
Jones is ranked by Rivals.com as the 11th best prospect from the Grand Canyon State.