THE NEXT LEVEL With Joel Jones
April 4, 2009
- Joel Jones
- 6’1″ 240 lbs
- Idaho Vandals (Senior)
- Long Snapper
- 4 Year Varsity Letterman
- 2x Special Teams Player Of The Week
- Mark Morris Monarchs (Class of 2004)
- 3 Year Varsity Letterman
- 2 Year Varsity Letterman (Track)
- GSHL All-League DB Honorable Mention
What was your most memorable moment playing high school football?
Joel – My most memorable moment would be Jr year. Our homecoming game I was playing quarterback and threw for 200 yds. Or Sr year against Elma I had an 86 yard TD run.
I would pick NCAA because I can play with the vandals and control my guy
Do you prefer Madden or NCAA? Why?
Joel – I’m horrible at those games but if I had to choose then I would pick NCAA because I can play with the vandals and control my guy.
Xbox, PS3, or Wii? What is your favorite game?
Joel – PS3…Call of duty 5
Did you have any game day/game time rituals in high school? If so, what were they?
Joel – The only game day ritual I had in high school was saying a quick prayer before the game with my position coach.
Explain your recruiting process. How many schools did you visit? Did anything interesting happen during this process?
Joel – I had to do all of my own recruiting my senior year. I didn’t have any help from coaches really. I made my own highlight and sent it to different schools. I finally had a coach who knew another coach at Idaho and got me a try out. I didn’t have any visits to any schools. No offers either. I walked on and earned a position which got me a scholarship.
How often do you make it back to Longview?
Joel – Maybe 2 or 3 times a year
What would you tell young kids entering high school is the most important thing (besides school) they need to do to become an elite level player?
There really isn’t anything amazing about a lot of players on the division 1 level.
Joel – A lot of high school coaches hold players back and don’t allow them to realize their full potential. There really isn’t anything amazing about a lot of players on the Division-1 level. You do occasionally play against great competition but really they are just good football players that have developed in a college program. I could go on and on with what to tell kids wanting to pursue football. One big thing is that only they know what they are capable of. If you want to play in the Pac-10, SEC, ACC or anything else then work towards doing that. So many people and a lot of my high school coaches said I couldn’t play at a high level in college and that I would have a better experience somewhere else. Young kids look up to their high school coaches thinking they know everything there is to know about football and how it works. Not saying that some do but the majority do not. All young kids need is a work ethic. With hard work and perseverance you would be amazed how much you can achieve.
Who influenced you the most as a High School football player?
Joel – Darren Talley. He was my position coach and taught me a lot about being a man and being a better person.
How much college football do you get to watch during the season? (not counting film sessions)
Joel – We always watch games in the hotel rooms on away trips. So quite a bit actually.
What was your most memorable moment playing college football?
We were leading and the crowd of 70,000 was absolutely quiet.
Joel – Being ahead at Michigan State in Spartan Stadium. We were leading and the crowd of 70,000 was absolutely quiet. The Spartans couldn’t stop us and everyone knew this. It was a great feeling knowing we could beat a team of that caliber.
Do you have any game day/game time rituals in college? If so, what were they?
Joel – I always woke up and had a cup of coffee. Then listen to my iPod on the way to the game. Then head out on the field and warm up with my punter.
How many different positions did you play from youth football through the end of your HS career? If you could have chosen another position other than TE, what would have it been?
Joel – In high school alone I played QB, RB, FB, WR, ILB, OLB, DE, CB, SS. I came into college as a MLB and moved to H back. Then I learned to be a longsnapper.
Who influenced you the most as a college football player?
Joel – Johnny Nansen, who is now coaching for the university of Washington. He introduced me to snapping and gave me opportunities that no one else had.
What was your most embarrassing moment playing college football?
Joel – Against WSU I was running down field on a punt and got blind sided by one of their guys. He knocked me down and I rolled 3 or 4 times. Film study with the team was very embarrassing.