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Washburn RB Jeff Jones selects Gophers

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A year after giving a verbal commitment to Jerry Kill and the Minnesota Gophers, Washburn's Jeff Jones held true to his word as the fifth ranked running back in the nation made it official signing with Minnesota on Wednesday morning.

"I believe real strongly in loyalty," Jones said. "As a Minnesota kid that's from here, growing up here I wouldn't feel right going to Michigan, putting up stats with a Michigan across my chest as opposed to Minnesota."

There had been rumblings that Jones might go in another direction, but in the end all of the rumors were just that.

"I had to make it seem that way for you guys," Jones said when asked if he wavered at all during the process. "I knew Minnesota was the right choice for me."

Jones, the number one high school recruit in the state made the announcement flanked by his grandparents in a packed Washburn gymnasium. According to multiple reports, he had narrowed his list to two schools: Minnesota and Iowa State.

"I guess I can describe it as a roller coaster," Jones said about the process. "It has been confusing, but I'm here today and I got to pick my school so I feel great now."

Jones said he hopes to work hard during the summer to earn a spot to step onto the field and contribute right away and also hopes he starts a movement for other top players in the state to stay home.

2014 Recruiting Class:


LB- Cody Poock- 6'3, 230 pounds- Iowa Western Community College

DT- Steven Richardson- 5'11, 285 pounds- Mt. Carmel Chicago

DE- Andrew Stelter- 6'4- Owatonna

DE- Julien Kafo- 6'4, 245 pounds – Mount-Tremblant (Quebec)

LB- Everett Williams- 6'2, 222 pounds- Mansfield Legacy, Texas

LB- Jonathan Celestin- 6'1, 210 pounds- Jonesboro, Georgia

DT- Gary Moore- 6'3, 276 pounds- Mobile, Alabama

CB- Craig James- 5'11, 170 pounds, Edwardsville, Illinois


QB- Dimonic McKinzy- 5'11, 219 pounds- Kansas City, Kansas

C- Connor Mayes- 6'5, 320 pounds- Van Alstyne

TE- Gaelin Elmore- 6'5, 240 pounds- Somerset, Wisconsin

TE/DE- Brandon Lingen- 6'5, 240 pounds- Plymouth, Minnesota

RB- Rodney Smith- 5'11, 195 pounds- Jonesboro, Georgia

Ath- Jerry Gibson- 6'3, 220 pounds- Theodore, Alabama

WR- Melvin Holland Jr- 6'3 190 pounds- Ashburn, Virginia

WR- Conner Krizancic- 6'2, 193 pounds- Mentor, Ohio

OT- Luke Rasmussen- 6'7, 265 pounds- Brookfield, Wisconsin

OL- Jared Weyler- 6'5, 280 pounds- Dayton, Ohio

WR- Isaiah Gentry- 6'4, 205 pounds- Cincinnati, Ohio

RB- Jeff Jones- 5'10, 180 pounds- Minneapolis, Minnesota

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