School: Greater Atlanta Christian
Interested Schools: Stanford, Georgia and Texas
Why Their Commitment Matters: Jones led the nation in the short hurdles last season. She etched her name in the history books with top 10 all-time performances in the 55mH and 60mH. Then the senior had a dominant outdoor season, remaining undefeated in 100mH finals throughout the postseason. At the U20 Outdoor Championships, Jones qualified for Team USA with a No. 13 all-time performance of 13.19 in the hurdles; later on, she became a Pan-American U20 champion in the discipline.
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PRs: 7.67 - 55mH, 8.22 - 60mH, 13.19 - 100mH, 20-2.25 - Long Jump
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The Greater Atlanta senior would've been the second fastest freshman collegiately in the 60mH, behind Kentucky sophomore hurdler Masai Russell. Her all-time effort in the 100mH would also rank fifth in the NCAA. The closer Jones can get to sub-13 during her senior year, the more definite her dominance will be at the next level.
Jones has taken three visits so far to the University of Texas, Stanford University and the University of Georgia. If she chose to take her talents to Stanford, the senior would have an immediate impact on their team. However, Stanford will have an entirely new coaching staff this season under the leadership of coach J.J. Clark.
The Longhorns have the advantage of having two world class hurdlers on their coaching staff: World record holder Kendra Harris and World champion Kori Carter. Under the leadership of head coach Edrick Floreal, Texas is thriving in the Big 12 and nationally, with top-10 team finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Longhorn women will also have the addition of All-American Tara Davis this coming spring.
The Bulldogs brought in one of the best classes of 2019 with an array of elite high school stars: heptathlon and pentathlon national high school record holder Anna Hall; multiple Colorado state champion Arria Minor; Pan American U20 high jump qualifier Shelby Tyler; and national high school triple jump record holder Jasmine Moore. After winning the indoor national championships in 2018 and a runner-up finish the following outdoor season, Georgia will once again be national championship contender.