Being on the same team and lining up next to Dax Hill has its advantages and its disadvantages.
On the bright side, you learn from one of the best at the position in the country. But on the flip side, you can sometimes get overlooked regardless of how talented you are.
For Demarco “DJ” Jones, emerging from the sizable shadow of Michigan commit Dax Hill took time.
“He was kind of overlooked because you have Dax (Hill) and JJ (Hester) back in the secondary,” said Booker T. Washington Head Coach Brad Calip. “You kind of get overlooked and OSU came in and said ‘This guy can play why isn’t anybody recruiting him?'”
For Jones it wasn’t just a matter of picking the right school but also the right sport. Jones was also a standout for the Booker T basketball team.
“A lot of people told me I could be really good and play (football) at the next level but I didn’t believe it until after I sat down and talked to Coach Brown and he told me I could really do something in college.”
That conversation with Coach Brown altered the course of DJ Jones’ life and set in motion a string of events that sent him on a visit to Oklahoma State University.
“It felt like it was home,” said Jones. “It wasn’t too far from home, it was close enough to where I could call my family if I needed them. They offered me on my birthday and I felt very happy and relieved and I knew that was the place to go.”
Now, the OSU Cowboys get a prototypical Big 12 corner who’s 6’1″ and rangy and covers a lot of ground in the secondary. He may not be as well known as the Big 10’s newest commit, but OSU fans will like what they see Saturdays next season.
You can watch DJ roam the secondary this Friday at 7 as Booker T takes on rival Bixby on YurView and YurView.com.