On Thursday, former Vanderbilt commit, wide receiver/running back Miles Jones made it official and joined Nebraska’s 2018 recruiting class. Jones gives Nebraska another versatile playmaker for its new up-tempo offense. Jones is exactly the type of player that Scott Frost and Troy Walters want in their offense. Here are my five thoughts on the commitment.
No, I didn’t come up with the name, you can credit 4-star safety commit CJ Smith for that.
When Frost and company arrived in Lincoln, there was some talk that they would not be able to continue recruiting the state of Florida because “who would leave Florida for Nebraska?” or “there is just too much competition in the state for talent.” In just a short amount of time, Nebraska has commitments from five players that went to high school in Florida (Mike Williams, Deontai Williams, CJ Smith, Justin McGriff and Miles Jones) and are on the hunt for more.
— Cj Smith (@Cj_Csmith) January 15, 2018
The one thing we knew Frost would want to inject into this roster in a big way was speed. For the most part, if you are being recruited for a skill position at Nebraska now, you have good speed. Jones fits the bill. His ability to make cuts at full speed really jump out on film.
Jones, a do-everything weapon in high school, figures to be used the exact same way in college. At American Heritage High School, he lined up at running back, wide receiver, punt returner and kick returner on offense. That helped him to tally 1,831 total yards as a senior and 16 touchdowns. He will truly be utilized all over the field in Lincoln.
Potential Early Contributor
I’m very curious to see what type of impact Jones can make early on for the Huskers. He has a similar skill set to current Huskers JD Spielman and Tyjon Lindsey so how will he be able to separate himself, knowing that Frost is not afraid to play guys early in their careers? Jones could be a player that finds a niche in the offense early on.
Under the Radar
Somehow Jones we a bit under the radar as a prospect despite his team winning back-to-back state titles, and the fact that Jones was an all-state caliber player in Florida. It may have something to do with the amount of Division I talent on the roster since the team had multiple players get scholarships including 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. and 4-star wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, an Auburn commit who may be the fastest player in high school football. Finding Jones is another evaluation win and feather in the cap of Frost and Walters.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.