Jason Jones will become the third Thomson Bulldog from the class of 2006 to make his way from the Brickyard to the college gridiron. The offensive lineman said he will have preferred walk-on status at Div. II Jacksonville State this fall.
"When I didn't get any big offers from anybody, I said 'Well, I'd really like to continue playing football,'" Jones said. "So I figured I'd go down there since they said they wanted me to walk on."
Thomson Coach Luther Welsh said the 330-lb. Jones has all the right pieces in place to become a successful college football player.
"If he wants it bad enough, he can do it," Coach Welsh said. "I think he's capable. He's got the size. He's intelligent and got good grades."
Jones said the Jacksonville State coaching staff told him that after playing his freshman year, a scholarship should be available for his sophomore campaign. That chance to further his football career has Jones working hard to better himself on the field.
Coach Welsh said Jones has continued lifting weights since the end of Thomson's football season. He added that the one thing Jones needs to work on is his speed. Two-a-day practices at Jacksonville State will begin in mid-August, but between now and then, Jones already has a workout schedule planned.
"I'm going to join a gym, and I'm going to be running about three to four days out of the week," he said. "It's going to be serious running. It will be suicides and stuff to get my speed up. I'm going to put a lot of effort into it because I really want to play."
Jones joins fellow offensive lineman Arcephus Jones in the college ranks. Those two anchored a Thomson line that made room for 1,185-yard rusher LaBrandon Hudson and 940-yard rusher Anthony "Pooh" Erwin last season.
Arcephus Jones will play for Fort Valley State. Also, Thomson Wingback Tim McCord has signed with Cumberland University.