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National Signing Day 2016: Akil Jones is a Colorado Buffalo!

The relentless linebacker is officially a Buff!

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Akil Jones, an inside linebacker recruit out of California, has officially joined the Buffs. Jones, from the same school as Ryan Severson and Jay MacIntyre, is a relentless pursuer of the football and a natural pass-rusher. While a bit undersized, at middle linebacker (sam, to be exact), he's more than big enough to make plays, especially with his speed and leverage. Jones has more than enough athleticism to succeed in the PAC-12, and may redshirt this year, though with the Buffs' depth chart at ILB, he could find his way on the field soon.

Highlights

Welcome to the Buffs, Akil!

Akil Jones
Akil Jones

Image courtesy of Buff Stampede

Position: Linebacker
Measurables: 6-1/220 lbs.
40 Yard Dash: 4.86 (ESPN)
High School: Valley Christian (San Jose) High School

Rankings
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- Rivals: 3-star, 5.5
- 247Sports: 3-star
- Scout: 3-star
- ESPN: 2-star

Other Schools of Interest: Oregon State, San Diego State (O), UNLV (0), Utah, Utah State (O), Wyoming (O)

Status: Verbal with Colorado

Notes: From Rivals: ""I really sat down and thought about it long and hard. I decided with the colleges that are interested in me and the colleges that have offered me, I just had a gut feeling that Colorado was the best place for me the whole time," Jones said. "I believe it was the right decision. I don't doubt it for a second."