Prep freshman Christian Jones as a long way to go in his recruiting process. The Omaha (NE) Westside High linebacker already knows some characteristics he’d like to see in his future college home, however.
Jones (6-3, 205) saw one of them last month when he attended an Iowa Football junior day. The Hawkeye matched his business-like approach.
“They don’t let you, as a player, settle for less. As a team, they are training to be tough, bigger, faster,
and stronger,” Jones told HF.
Jones played his freshman year at Omaha Burke. He decided to follow his head coach, Paul Limongi, who took the same position at Westside this offseason.
Iowa State, Kansas, Minnesota and Nebraska already have offered Jones scholarships. Wisconsin, where he visited last month, has shown him interest.
Jones liked what he saw when visiting the Hawkeyes.
“Something that I thought was pretty impressive was how their weight room was laid out and how it flowed into the indoor practice facility,” he said.
Iowa assistant LeVar Woods has recruited Omaha for the Hawkeyes. He spent the most time with Jones during his campus stop.
“We didn’t have a specific talk about anything just good discussions that helped build our relationship,” Jones said.
While Nebraska and Wisconsin see him as a linebacker, Iowa is keeping its mind open on position.
“To be honest, I don’t know where I would fit the best. I’m not done growing so I wouldn’t be able to give you a good answer, but I would say in the linebacker category (right now),” he said.
According to Max Preps, Jones recorded 49.0 tackles (27 solo, 11.0 for loss) during his freshman season. He registered 5.5 sacks, an interception, four passes defended, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He caught nine passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Jones plans on returning to Iowa for a practice or game. He’s interested in learning more about the Hawkeyes.
“I would like to know more about how they practice and how they are pushed to be the best student-athletes,” he said.
He’s also researching college majors.
“Areas of study that have intrigued me are either studying to be in the field of chiropractic medicine or studying quantum physics,” Jones said.