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Monday, February 18, 2013
Noles 2013 snapshot: Isaiah Jones

By Corey Dowlar

With national signing day now beyond us, NoleNation takes a closer look at the next crop of Seminoles.

Vitals: Wide receiver Isaiah Jones (Milton, Fla./Milton), 6-foot-4, 195 pounds.

Committed: July 6, 2012.

ESPN.com grade: 83, four-star prospect.

ESPN.com rankings: No. 18 wide receiver in the country, No. 75 player in the Southeast region, No. 32 prospect in the state and the No. 160 player in the ESPN 300.

Picked Florida State over: Auburn, Georgia, Miami (Fla) and Tennessee.

State of the position: Arguably Florida State's deepest and most talented position on the roster, the wide receivers have a chance to be a special group over the next couple of years. Rashad Greene, Kenny Shaw, Greg Dent and Kelvin Benjamin, Jarred Haggins, Marvin Bracy, Christian Green and Willie Haulstead are all back in 2013. Jimbo Fisher's offense, though, loves rotating players at the position and most, if not all, will see significant time next season.

ESPN.com scouting report: Jones combines terrific size with excellent straight-line speed and is very gifted with the ball after the catch. He is a weapon at all three levels and while he's one of many big WRs in this year's class, few can run like Jones. He explodes off the line and can get DBs to really back off of him. He is a big guy who has a noticeable second gear. He is excellent at catching the ball and then making yards after the catch because of his power. He is a big target, especially over the middle, and is not afraid to go up and catch the ball in traffic. He has toughness and will make a lot of difficult catches in traffic. He has a unique ability to get open through force and uses his body well to screen the defender. He does a good job of reaching out and catching the ball away from his frame. He will snatch the high ball and is especially effective in the red zone because of his size. You really like his competitiveness on the deep ball -- he will simply take balls away from defenders. He does a great job tracking the ball while it's in the air and possesses excellent body control to make acrobatic catches. He has very big, soft hands and shows the ability to pull the ball away in jump ball situations. Appears to be a natural hand plucker and has a wide catch radius. What is impressive about Jones is his ability to make defenders miss after the catch. He has some flexible wiggle for a tall guy and runs with power and vision. As a route runner he can be raw in some areas and very precise in others. This is an area of development for him. He can tend to round breaks and not sink hips. He has the quickness and feet to separate with his to go with his strength and size. With route refinement and continued physical development, Jones could really blossom into a powerful and explosive weapon on the outside.

Expected impact: Jones will face some stiff competition for significant reps given the sheer amount of players at the position that have already played. The one thing that he does have going for him, though, is his size. At 6-foot-4, Jones brings a bigger, physical look to the spot that should directly fill Rodney Smith's likeness. The other true freshmen, Levonte Whitfield and Jesus Wilson, are likely to play in the slot positions, so they shouldn't affect Jones' playing time too much. There is a chance for a redshirt, but he'll could be utilized on special teams, too.