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Nick Jones commits to Idaho State

Valencia receiver ends recruiting process, looks forward to college

Posted: January 29, 2014 10:04 p.m.
Updated: January 29, 2014 10:04 p.m.

Valencia senior wide receiver Nick Jones, left, will play football at Idaho State University next season.

The Foothill League’s Offensive Player of the Year will be playing football for one of the most pass-happy college football teams in the nation.

Valencia High senior wide receiver Nick Jones committed to NCAA Division I FCS school Idaho State on Tuesday, two days after coming home from the school for an official visit.

Jones, who caught 56 passes for a team-high 1,276 yards with 16 touchdowns, said there were a number of factors why he chose the Pocatello, Idaho school. It fits his personality, he liked the coaching staff and he simply felt comfortable there.

Plus, it’s an offensive-minded program.

“They are very much so a passing team. It’s another reason I picked them,” Jones said. “(Head coach Mike Kramer) was telling me he likes to pass the ball. When (offensive coordinator Don Bailey) says, ‘We have to get some runs,’ coach Kramer (joked), ‘Nope, we can keep passing it.’”

Idaho State was 11th in the FCS last year in passing offense.

The school went 3-9 last season and 1-7 in the Big Sky Conference.

However, Jones said football wasn’t the main reason for his commitment.

“I kind of think of it more that it’s not all about football,” Jones said. “They’re big on education, and I want to be a teacher. ... It definitely fits my personality. My brother lived in Idaho and I loved visiting him. I’m not the generic kid who wants to be in a dorm room. There are a lot of things close. It has mountains and trails,”

Yet Jones will be counted on to be a big contributor to the football team.

It’s a challenge Valencia head coach Larry Muir is confident he will handle well.

“I thought he was incredible, not only as a wide receiver, but the impact he made on games,” Muir said. “He was a guy who could change a game and make a big play for us, and he made an impact on the defensive side for us. He is one of the best receivers we’ve ever had.”

In two varsity seasons, the 6-foot-2-inch speedy and lanky receiver tallied 107 catches for 2,425 yards and 27 receiving touchdowns.

He was a two-time All-Santa Clarita Valley first-teamer and was an All-CIF-Southern Section Northern Division selection in 2013.


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