The path to becoming a Hurricane is not always defined. Some come to Miami with plenty of stars beside their names, with a highlight reel cementing their pre-collegiate accomplishments. Some explore the transfer route, making the change from one school to the next. For offensive guard Jahair Jones, his unique route to Coral Gables started in the Northeast.
Before the U
Not much has been written about the man that is Jahair Jones. For anyone, his football story begins when he chose to attend ASA College, a junior college based in Brooklyn, New York. However, before taking a bite out of the Big Apple, Jones was based in Edgewater, Maryland. Jones attended local South River High School in a modest-sized town southwest of Annapolis.
Jones (6’5”, 285 pounds) was a two-sport star in high school, splitting time between football and basketball. On the football field, Jones played left tackle for South River. His high school film features Jones churning his legs, arms extended, mowing down those in front of him. While undoubtedly raw as a prospect, Jones possessed that edge that coaches want out of the road graders along the offensive line.
As we previously mentioned, Jones would attend a NYC-based JUCO to continue his football dreams. After his freshman season, the offers from some of the blue blood programs began to come in. Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Purdue and Miami all came courting the offensive line prospect. While Jones made official visits to other programs, Jones signed his letter of intent to play for the Hurricanes on December 19th, 2014. Jones would officially enroll at Miami the following January.
Life as a Cane
Having finally made it to a division one program, Jones would have to spend some time learning the college-level game before finally getting his opportunity to see the field. After redshirting as a sophomore in his first season, Jones received some playing time on special teams, spent time on the practice roster along with some positional reps in the season opener. In his final season with the Canes, Jones has logged the most snaps in his career, seeing most of his reps at left guard in 2018.
Jones has been in and out of the offensive line rotation all season, yet that shouldn’t diminish the fact that his journey to become a Hurricane was birthed out of determination. In a day and age where lack of playing time usually signals that a player will transfer in the near future, Jones remained committed to his pursuit of playing time as well as being a Miami Hurricane. It’s because of that dedication that we applaud the big offensive lineman for remaining in the fold.
Salute to you, Jahair Jones!