In which BracketCat counts down the fourth day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of defensive back Wayne Jones.
Goal No. 4: IMPROVE. Every day… as a player, person and student.
#4 Wayne Jones
True Freshman | 5-11 | 193 lbs. | Owasso, Oklahoma
- Position: Defensive Back
- Previous Colleges: None
- Projection: Redshirt
- Status: On Scholarship
Harold Wayne Jones III (b. May 25, 2000) is a young, athletic defensive back who graduated high school early to enroll at K-State. He will compete for playing time as a true freshman, but I still expect him to redshirt, in all probability.
Jones had two solo tackles and returned an interception of Hunter Hall for 19 yards as a starter for the Purple team in the 2018 spring game.
He played under head coach Bill Blankenship at Owasso High School, where he was rated the 12th-best prospect in the state of Oklahoma for the Class of 2018 by 247Sports, while he is No. 17 by ESPN and No. 19 by Rivals.
Jones also participated in track and wrestling. Here’s what Ian Boyd at SportsTreatise had to say about his potential as a defensive back:
Jones is a safety all the way. He makes several nice plays, demonstrating range and good eyes in deep zone and also some nice plays down in off coverage.
For whatever reason, K-State has made fire zones and occasional Cover 3 a big part of their package, rather than using more quarters/zero combos, so having a guy that can play that is definitely valuable.
He probably fits best at their free safety position while giving way to a better athlete at the field-side strong safety spot, but he’s a good one and could probably play either.
Jones picked the Wildcats over offers from Arkansas State, Illinois, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan State, Nevada, New Mexico, North Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma State, Purdue, SMU and UTSA.
He also drew Power 5 interest from Arizona State, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
Source: Bring on the Cats