Hezekiah Jones: On My Way to the Top

Written by Hezekiah Jones and Evan Miller 
Published Thursday, February 1, 2016

Hezekiah Jones here with my first RecruitDiary and I am excited to be part of the movement to share my story with the world with no interference. This outlet is going to give me a chance to tell you what the recruitment process is really like, and what it’s like being one of the top players in the nation. I attend Stafford High School in Texas and I am part of the class of 2017. I am one of the best receivers in the nation, and the best in Texas, which is really saying something since the best high school football in the nation is played in Texas. I first realized football was my special talent when I was named one of the top performers at a Rivals camp my freshman year. Ever since then, I have been consumed by football, and it is my favorite thing to do.

The prototypical receiver has size, and that is exactly what I have. I am 6’1’’ and weigh close to 200 pounds. Being a receiver is not all about size though. A great wide receiver has speed, can run precision routes, attack the ball in the air, and make plays after catching the ball. I love playing receiver because of the sheer thrill of being able to make plays with my speed and quickness. I also love to talk trash after making a big play. When you do talk trash, you must back it up. Dez Bryant is my favorite player to watch because he plays the game with so much passion; he never takes any plays off, and always gives his all for the team. He is also one of the best athletes to ever step onto a football field. He uses his physicality and speed to just dominate smaller defensive backs. He is definitely someone I want to emulate on the field.

Visit to Baylor from Jan. 30
Visit to Baylor from Jan. 30

Before I discuss my current recruitment, I want to start at the very beginning, my freshman year. I received my first offer the summer of my freshman year at a camp I attended. The school thought I was a senior, so they told me not to let anybody know about the offer, and I haven’t told anyone about it to this day. I was really excited, but I still knew I had a lot to prove. After that I didn’t get another offer until my sophomore year, which was from Texas A&M. Many more schools have followed, and I now hold over 15 offers. But then everything changed when I committed. I committed this past summer on June 24, to the best college football team in Texas. I am committed to Baylor, and I am part of the 2017 class that will bring a National Championship to Waco.

WRU edit from Baylor
WRU edit from Baylor

I committed to Baylor because the environment is amazing and the coaching staff is absolutely tremendous. They have a history of producing great wide receivers and are really WRU. Other schools may claim it, but they don’t have anything on Baylor. The way they recruited me really made them stand out. They were super aggressive even though I was just a sophomore when they offered me. I have created some amazing relationships with the coaches and always love talking to them. I really want to play with Jarrett Stidham and KD Cannon in college. With KD and myself on the outside there would be no better receiver tandem in the nation. We would break all the receiving records and the Baylor offense would be unstoppable.

This season went great; we went undefeated but unfortunately came up short in the playoffs. My favorite moment of the season was the homecoming game, in which I had 158 yards, 5 catches, and 3 touchdowns. My favorite recruiting moment was when Coach Art Briles came to my school. It was awesome to see him, and so cool for all my friends to see us together. The hardest player I have played against is Jeff Okudah, one of the top players in the nation and in Texas. He is an incredible football player, and an amazing athlete.

From the day I committed. Wearing my number 9
From the day I committed. Wearing my number 9

Football is what I am most passionate about; it is always on my mind and something that I wish I could do forever. To be a great football player you have to be a hard worker. You have to outwork every person. Every high school player wants a scholarship but what are they doing to earn it? I want to accomplish a lot playing football, but most importantly I want people to remember my name. I want people to think of Hezekiah Jones when they think of football.

Follow me on Twitter @Hezekiah Jones to get updates on my season and also follow @RecruitDiaries to get updates about when all the diaries are posted.

     -Hezekiah

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