Class of 2007

Marcel Jones

PositionOL
Height6/7
Weight300
HometownPhoenix, AZ
High schoolTrevor Browne

Originally published Feb. 8, 2007 in the Omaha World-Herald

Did you know?

He has dropped 40 pounds since his sophomore season, which, incidentally, was Jones' first year as a football player.

Coachspeak

"When a lot of kids face adversity at this school, they quit. Marcel has been around that atmosphere for a long time, but he's overcome it. All that he's been through and what he's seen here, I think it strengthens his character." -- former Trevor Browne coach Randy Ricedorff

The gurus say

The No. 13 prospect in Arizona by rivals.com rated as a three-star prospect. Honorable-mention all-state by the Arizona Republic.

About Jones

Another of the future Huskers from Arizona who picked Nebraska over Arizona State. Jones withstood pressure from the hometown Sun Devils after new ASU coach Dennis Erickson took over in December and went looking for local recruits. Has played just one year of varsity football after sitting out his entire junior season following an appendectomy. Also a star in basketball. "He's not the kind of guy who draws attention to himself," Trevor Browne Athletic Director Reynaldo Peru said. "He just takes life as it comes and does what needs to be done."

Our take

Big, raw and athletic, he appears destined for a redshirt year. How Jones reacts and adjusts next season to dramatic changes in structure around the game will shape his future at Nebraska.

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