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Minnesota Golden Gophers recruiting analysis: RB Jeff Jones

The Minnesota Golden Gophers signed running back Jeff Jones to their class of 2014.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers signed running back Jeff Jones to their class of 2014.
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High School: Washburn

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.

Position: Running Back

Height: 6-0

Weight: 198

My Assessment: He is a big-play threat with power. He has the ability to score every time he touches the ball, but is not a strictly outside-the-tackles runner. He has the strength, balance and power to run through defenders. He also possesses the wiggle to make defenders miss in space. He also excels in the passing game with good hands and blocking ability. Overview: Ranked as the No. 1 player in Minnesota by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports - received four-star status from ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports and Scout - pegged as the No. 7 running back in his class by Rivals and as the No. 9 and No. 12 back by 247Sports and ESPN - listed as the 44th best player in the nation by Rivals and is the 60th best player in the country according to 247Sports - ranked 137th on ESPN’s top 300 players.

ESPN Analysis: Big-framed running back with a good combination of size and straight-line speed - tall, well-built frame - good upper-body playing strength - ability to read linebacker flow quickly and cutback through the hole with good anticipation - effectively bounce out of the pile - displays the lateral quickness to break to the outside extending his runs - ability to slide off the edge - more than adequate power and balance on contact - attacks defenders and is aggressive when in traffic - big upside to flourish as a power runner - good blend of size, speed and ball skills.

High School: Attends Washburn High School in Minneapolis - team finished 8-2 - named MVP of the 2013-14 Under Armour All-America Game with 72 total yards and a touchdown reception - Minnesota’s 2013 Mr. Football - named All-State by the Associated Press - Star Tribune All-Metro and Pioneer Press All-East Metro - rushed 167 times for 1,525 yards and 34 touchdowns in 10 games as a senior - surpassed 100 yards rushing eight times and 200 yards two times - caught 17 passes for 493 yards and eight touchdowns - longest run of the year was 75 yards, while longest reception was 99 yards - rushed for a score in eight games and caught a touchdown pass in six games - returned seven kickoffs for 262 yards and seven punts for 39 yards - punted three times (longest was 51 yards) for an average of 44.33 yards - in 2012, carried the ball 111 times for 1,002 yards and nine scores, while adding 10 receptions for 149 yards and three touchdowns - totaled 4,668 yards and 92 touchdowns during his career as a four-year starter - also a standout basketball player for the Millers - football coach was Giovan Jenkins.

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