Ville Platte (La.) athlete Jermarcus Jones made a name for himself as a junior when he rushed for 1,254 yards and 18 touchdowns on just 101 carries.
“He can run inside but once he breaks containment and gets to the outside no one is going to catch him from behind,” said Ville Platte wide receivers/defensive ends coach Ryan Richard. “He is one of those guys that makes people miss and gets up field quickly.”
Mississippi State, UL-Lafayette and Southern are a few of the schools that have shown interest in the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder early on according to Richard.
Some schools are going to pursue Jones on the offensive side of the ball, but Richard says others will look at him on defense.
“I think he could be a scat back but if he wants to go to a bigger school like Mississippi State or somewhere like that he would have to transition to defensive back,” he said.
Making that transition to the other side of the ball isn’t something that Richard is concerned about.
“He’s a smart enough kid where he can make that move,” said Richard. “He likes to hit so he has that mentality and mindset. He’s got the hips too to play on that side of the ball and I think his best bet would be at safety.”