Peter Jones is not your typical freshman high school football player for a number of reasons.
First off, his level of maturity is off the charts. When talking to Jones over the phone for this interview, it felt as though I was interviewing a college or professional athlete and not a ninth-grader. Second, his skill level is extraordinary, as evidenced by his handful of Power Five offers. These early offers are even more impressive considering he is an offensive tackle and not a skill position player. Major programs are usually a bit more hesitant to offer ninth-grade offensive lineman but that is not the case with Jones.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive tackle from Malvern Prep in Coatesville, Pennsylvania now holds offers from Boston College, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
“I was in the middle of a workout at school and received a message from my coach,” Jones told West Virginia Sports Now. “When I got that message, I immediately called the coaches from West Virginia. At this point, not that I’m used to get these offers but when I received my first one I was super nervous on the phone call. With my second offer, I was a little less nervous. Luckily now, I’m way more relaxed and having better and longer conversations with these coaches.”
“First thing they said is that they love my size for a freshman, my weight is wonderful as well. Also, coaches have identified my footwork on the field and my movement. For my size, I’ve shown the ability to react well on the field and my overall mindset.”
— Peter Jones (@Peter_Jones_77) May 5, 2021
When talking about all the early success and attention he’s received to this point, Jones seemed very chill and did not seem like it was a big deal. I asked him about that demeanor and if he is that relaxed inside.
“I’m very, very happy about all of this and my head coach and offensive line coach are very pumped,” said Jones. “But I’ve been reminded and know that this doesn’t stop now and this recruiting process is just the beginning. I’ve been reminded my some of my older high school teammates to remain focused but that won’t be a problem for me because I’m a very focused and humble person. I’m not the type of person that’s going to go around bragging about what’s happening to me. I know there’s a long ways to go as I still have a little over three years left of high school.”
— Peter Jones (@Peter_Jones_77) December 6, 2020
“I’m very appreciative of all the programs that have offered me already, I thank God and feel extremely blessed. There’s so much time left in my recruitment. If I was a bit older, I’d be looking more aggressively into some of these things. However, I am starting to keep track of some things. I’m making sure that I know all of the coaches names that I’m in contact with and hopefully as the weeks, months and years progress, I’m able to develop stronger relationships with them. Since there’s so much time left, that’s going to be my top goal is to try and develop strong relationships with these coaches and programs.”