Woodlawn’s Jones is a Knight with nice upside

By LEE BRECHEEN, Louisiana Football Magazine

Woodlawn’s Peter Jones is expected to be the heartbeat and leader of his Woodlawn High School football team.

I watched film in 2021 and 2020 and saw an agile, strong, determined player on the defensive line. He also starts at offensive tackle and long snapper.

After scouting 30 years in Louisiana, I think he can be an FCS defensive end, fullback or Mike linebacker. If Jones slims down some, like into the 215 range, I think he can play linebacker because he would pick up speed and still be strong at a lighter weight. Or he can stay the same size and be a fullback or walk on as a defensive end and play his way up the depth chart at an FCS school.

He’s really strong and committed to the game and a really good football player that could bulk up to 250 to 260 and still move well. Currently, Jones is 5-11, 240 with 4.8 to 4.9 speed and looks faster on a football field. He looks like he has 4.7 speed because he reads well and has a strong build to finish tackles.

Head coach Thedrick Harris praises Jones for his hard work and looks for him to be more of a leader on the field.

“PJ is a solid defensive lineman that has a lot to prove this season,” said Harris. “He’s worked hard in the strength and conditioning phase. His future beyond high school will be directly related to his performance this season on and off the field. We want him to become a more vocal leader for our team.”

Defensive line coach Ronnard Toney sees a big year for Jones.

“Peter Jones has put in three years of hard work to get to this point,” said Toney. “He’s worked hard in the weight room and it shows on the field. He has excellent hands and feet and he should make a push for all-district this year.”

Jones is eager for the challenge, and loves his sport and school.

“What I like most about football is that you build a good bond with players and coaches, but also get a chance to wear that school logo on your helmet with pride and go out every Friday and fight for your school,” said Jones. “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but Woodlawn High School.”

Notes on Peter Jones: “I would like to major in finance, marketing, business or accounting, any of those right now,” he said.

His hobbies are football, basketball, and playing video games. “I always love football, but basketball has a place in my heart too. I remember playing basketball in middle school and it stuck with me ever since, and I love playing video games because it calms me but you can also play video games with your friends and have fun.”

Jones had three sacks and two forced fumbles among several tackles in 2021.

He carries a 3.5 GPA in the classroom.

“My favorite college is Boise State because the first time I saw them play, like three or four years ago, I just got a feeling that I can’t describe, and they stuck with me ever since,” he said. “My second favorite college is LSU, because it’s in Louisiana and a great college. The third would be Alabama and fourth Georgia because both of these have great academics but also their football programs can bring out the best in you; I see from a distance that they expect you to be at the top of your game.”

He’s the next in a line of competitors in the family. “My dad played football for Byrd High School, and my uncle played basketball for Huntington High School,” Jones said.

Contact Lee at lbrecheen@aol.com