Temple in the mix for South Jersey standout

Steve Addazio continues to recruit players for Temple football's freshman class of 2012. (April Saul/Staff file photo)

Nigel Jones wants a college that will help him succeed. And that’s not just on the football field.

 “After I graduate [college], I want to have something that will hold me down,” said the Holy Spirit running back, who will be a senior in the fall. “I want to have an education and a good job. And I want a program with a good offense.

“I’m looking for everything pretty much.”

 Temple, Western Michigan and Miami of Ohio have offered scholarships to help the South Jersey standout reach his goals. Cincinnati will wait until after his first two games of the upcoming season before making a decision on offering a scholarship.

The Bearcats are taking a wait-and-see approach, because the 5-foot-9, 195-pounder missed five games last season due to injuries.

Syracuse, Connecticut, Maryland and Football Championship Subdivision power James Madison are also expressing interest.

“I don’t know when I will make a decision,” said Jones, who rushed for over 900 yards in the shortened season. “I’m just waiting it out.”

When healthy, he’s one of the area’s most explosvie running backs.

The Absecon, N.J. native, who runs a 4.49-second 40-yard dash, rushed for 1,033 yards as a sophomore. Jones rushed for over 300 yards in a game as a freshman.

He said playing for Temple is enticing.

“They are an up-and-coming program,” Jones said. “They upset UConn last year. That’s a big thing. They are winning. So they are really up-and-coming. So it would be nice to be a part of that.”

But is Temple the right fit?

We will just have to wait and see.

-          Keith Pompey