Fort Wayne (Ind.) Northrop's C.T. Jones is off to an early start in the recruiting process. The 2011 safety prospect visited Northwestern in October for the Wildcats' 29-28 win over Indiana.
"It is a nice school," Jones said. "I liked the atmosphere and the school has a lot of history. I like that. I have an aunt and an uncle that live up there. So I like the school a lot. My dad has some fraternity brothers up there as well."
C.T.'s dad and mom both went to school at Alabama.
"Not a lot of people root for Alabama up here in Fort Wayne," Jones said. "But Alabama was my favorite school growing up, because a lot of my family is from there. I have cousins, aunts, and uncles that also went to school at Alabama."
Jones said he has heard from Kansas, Kansas, State, Notre Dame, and is working on scheduling a visit to Minnesota soon.
Jones also said his father works for General Motors. He grew up in California, and moved to Fort Wayne in sixth grade.
"Moving around, there is nothing really to it. It just taught me to keep school in mind. Graduation rate is going to be important in my college decision. That is number one for me. I really like energetic coaches too. They have to fit my energy on the field. I am motivated. I don't quit. I am always in the game. Even if we are down by five touchdowns, I am always in the game."
Jones needs to play with that kind of attitude. His team struggled to a 0-10 record this season. But, Jones got the opportunity to play on both sides of the ball.
"I play safety and receiver," Jones said. "If colleges looked past my height (5-foot-10), and they watched my film as a receiver, I think they would consider me at that position."
There is no doubt Jones loves the game. When asked about what hobbies he has off the field, he didn't look beyond the gridiron.
"I am in a flag football league," Jones said. "I just try to work on my stuff in the off-season. I mainly just work out in the off-season and focus on school."