The theme this season under new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch was to get faster and more athletic on the defensive side. That's exactly what Washington State will get from arguably the state's most athletic prospect.
D'Jimon Jones, a composite three-star cornerback from Federal Way, Wash., officially signed his letter of intent Wednesday, two weeks after taking an official visit to the Palouse, which sealed the deal.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound athlete committed to Washington State in June over offers from Hawaii and Montana. Jones' recruitment was slow to take off due to an illness his junior year and a broken foot his senior year, though he was able to return after previously being declared out for the season.
Also one of the top basketball and track and field athletes in the state, 24/7 Sports lists him as the No. 19 football prospect in the state. Washington State recruited Jones, whose main recruiter is Eric Mele, as an athlete, though cornerback is looking like his future position.
Though there's no denying his raw athletic ability wherever he lines up, which was quarterback, receiver and cornerback throughout his high school career, a redshirt year is likely in the works for the Federal Way star.
Brian Anderson's scouting take
Jones is a really physical corner, especially for a guy that also plays quarterback. Really top shelf athleticism with great closing speed, breaks on routes really quickly and finishes with solid hits on wide receivers. Showed soft and press coverages and was really fluid in transition. Projects well as a boundary corner. Added bonus of helping out as a mobile QB mimic on scout team until he finds a way into the two-deep.
Rivals - ★★★
Scout - ★★
24/7 - ★★★
ESPN - ★★★
Composite - ★★★
Position — Athlete
Hometown — Federal Way, Wash.
Height — 6-foot-1
Weight — 170 pounds