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National Signing Day 2011: DE Marco Jones Signs with Virginia

Marco Jones | Defensive End | Boys' Latin School (Baltimore, Md.)
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6'4" / 245 lbs / 5.3 Video: [Rivals]

Rankings:
- ESPN:  3* / 77 Rating / #65 DE
- Rivals: 3* / 5.5 Rating / #13 State
- Scout: 3* / #54 DE
- _247: 3* / 86 Rating

Other Offers: Connecticut, Duke, East Carolina, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State,Rutgers, Stanford, West Virginia

Notes:  Jones had an impressive showing at the Maryland Crab Bowl a couple months ago. 247 says that he "appeared unstoppable," lining up at both DT and DE.  He has good size and good bulk and a frame with which to grow. ESPN says that he flashes good speed and a solid closing burst to the ball, but does not always utilize good angles. After a month in the weight room, I suspect he'll already be a force to be reckoned with, and should be getting some good playing time for Virginia. This year he was a consensus all-state selection.

Quotables

"My preparation starts now. I have to hold up my end of the bargain and come in ready to compete."

"I want to add at least 10-pounds of lean muscle before I get to Virginia this summer."

Video highlights follow the jump.