One of the top linemen in the state this year was Eisenhower’s Michael Jones who tore up the Big Nine Conference this and earned First Team All-State honors on the offensive side of the ball by Northwest Elite Index.
“As a junior I played only defensive end until the last game of the season,” Jones told NEI recently. “This year, I really used the offseason to help improve my technique and what I was doing and that was big for me”.
“What is funny is that I used to play quarterback, so I didn’t really want to block, but then I started to realize how much it would help my team out and I considered it an honor to protect Kolney (Cassel)”.
With the 6’2″ 225-pound Jones protecting his blind side, Cassel was able to have a record-setting season completing over 65% of his passes for 2,664 yards, 27 touchdowns and only nine interceptions while helping to lead the Cadets to the state playoffs.
“I felt like I improved as the season went along and I got more confidence as we got deeper into the year,” Jones said. “Now I hope that someone takes a chance on me, because I feel like I could play that the next level I just need someone to give me a shot.”
One school that has piqued Jones’ interest is Central Washington, but they haven’t been in touch.
“I’d love to play there, but right now the only schools I’ve even heard from are Eastern Oregon and Whitworth and that hasn’t even been very much,” Jones noted. “I’ll work hard and I never quit so I think I can be an asset to a school, but right now I’m just sorta waiting to see what comes along.”
We will continue to keep track of Jones’ progress and we will update news as it happens.