Recruit profile: Colton Jones

Receiver recruit Colton Jones

Receiver recruit Colton Jones

The Basics

Name:  Colton Jones
Position:  Receiver
Height:  6 foot 1 inch
Weight:  190 pounds
High School:  Lakeshore Catholic HS [Port Colbourne, ON]
Summer Club: Niagara Spears [OVFL]

Background

Colton Jones played quarterback and receiver during his time at Lakeshore. His natural position appears to be receiver. The fact that he was athletic enough and had the football smarts to be able to excel at quarterback as well says a lot. Jones had a strong season at receiver for the Niagara Spears in 2014. I wrote previously of watching Colton with the Spears … “he was better each time I saw him as the season progressed“. Jones had his best Spears performance of 2014 in the season ending playoff loss to the Cambridge Lions when he led Spears receivers, recording six catches for 72 yards. The Spears lost that night in spite of leading Cambridge 19-7 early in the 4th Q and re-taking the lead 25-21 with 1:27 remaining. But … the Lions took a minute and eight seconds to march 79 yards downfield to record the winning major with 8.3 seconds left in the game. The Cambridge drive was orchestrated by a QB by the name of James Roberts. Jones will get a chance to begin catching passes from Roberts when training camp starts in three weeks.

Commitment Breakdown

One of 7 receivers in the 2015 recruiting class. The receiving corps has lost one starter to the CFL but returns 3 others. With Alex Charette making the Montreal Alouettes there will be a vacant position for a slotback receiver. In 2015 the lineup will have one 5th year player plus as many as 4 or 5 draft eligible or possibly graduating players in 2015.

My Take

In my opinion Colton Jones is an underrated prospect at receiver. He has good size [6’1″ 190], speed [4.74 40], athleticism and skill that isn’t as widely recognized as it might have been. That comes back to his willingness to play “out or position” for the good of his team. I think he has the potential to develop into a very productive receiver. He is a year younger than his brother Mack and will grow significantly as a receiver now that he can concentrate on that position. What I saw from him over the course of an OVFL sesaon with the Spears, a run-first team, makes me think Jones could be a notable “under the radar” pickup for the Gryphons.

Odds & Ends

♦  Jones is the latest in a long line of recruits from LCHS including Mike Millar, Cory Davidson, Keaton Spratt, Kyle Fraser, Ian Marouf, Pat Stairs and Trey Gervais.
♦  Jones also played defensive back for the Gators.

Film Watch

The only video that I found were these 2013 LCHS highlights.

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