Aye, aye, captain.
For the longest time, Oswego East’s Tre Jones has offered himself as an bold younger person who is destined to be going places when it comes to playing football.
The scope of potential vacation seems to be growing even additional after the senior quarterback introduced his dedication to a scholarship provide from Navy mentor Ken Niumatalolo.
It was not the extensive-standing “Join the Navy, see the world” recruiting pitch that landed Jones, nonetheless.
“One of the greatest good reasons was mentor Ken looked me in the eye and claimed acquiring me dedicated was the first action to broaden the offense,” Jones said. “They want to unfold it out and toss the ball a minimal little bit a lot more.”
The Midshipmen have had unprecedented achievement less than Niumatalolo the previous 14 seasons mainly on the power of a potent triple-choice jogging attack.
Niumatalolo, a quarterback who led Hawaii to its 1st bowl match in 1989, has had 10 profitable seasons and led his group to 10 bowl online games. They have gained 6.
That run contains an 8- mark towards archrival Army and two method-document 11-get seasons in 2015 and 2019.
“Even in those 10 and 11-acquire seasons, they would have liked to do far more,” Jones said. “In this working day and age, you have to be equipped to throw the ball some.
“They’re genuinely psyched about my legs but far more psyched about what I can do in the passing match.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Jones constantly has demonstrated guarantee passing the ball.
He started his higher university career with two years at powerhouse Montini, drawing common recruiting interest. Past summer, Jones transferred property to Oswego East.
“Last yr was a minor bit of a hurry,” Jones explained. “I had 11 methods ahead of the initial recreation, and as quarterback, that is not incredibly suitable.”
Jones, who totaled 853 yards passing and 310 yards hurrying, then led Oswego East (6-4) to the Course 8A playoffs, ending with a 23-6 decline to Lincoln-Way East in the initial spherical.
“To be in the system a full yr heading into my senior time is so much improved,” Jones reported. “I’m way far more self-assured. I believe our offense is set and going to be much better.”
Jones has been on Navy’s radar for a even though, commencing with camp performances.
“They seriously took their time building a relationship and arrived to see me at college,” Jones stated.
Navy offered a scholarship in mid-April to Jones, who carried out nicely at the Nashville Elite 11 Regional camp, tying for eighth in the rankings among the more than 70 quarterbacks.
“There ended up a good deal of Energy 5 quarterback recruits, and there ended up no scrubs at that camp,” Jones explained. “It was genuinely focused on QBs and a fantastic finding out predicament.
“Normally, you have your head mentor, a individual coach and place coach. This was just an additional factor to decide on up things to assist in your progress.”
It also led to an give from Murray Point out, but Jones visited Annapolis in mid-June.
“It snowballed from there,” he stated. “Great men and women and great structures. It is a lovely put — the ideal of each worlds.
“I tried out to make the most of the recruiting procedure. Some fellas, primarily quarterbacks, have been still left playing the waiting activity with COVID and the effect of the transfer portal.”
Navy graduates do have to make a five-yr military service motivation, but Jones is wonderful with it.
If he’s fortunate enough to pursue his NFL desire, Jones understands the commitment could be waived. If not, he will have a good-shelling out job ready for him just after graduation at age 22.
Navy assistant mentor Joe Coniglio, who handled most of Jones’ recruitment, amazed Oswego East mentor Tyson LeBlanc.
“It’s a good scenario for Tre,” LeBlanc stated. “When you discuss about academics and his upcoming, it actually sets you up. For football, it is a great method and they are striving to grow offensively.
“Tre can operate the triple-choice and has encounter they like in the distribute. The 5-calendar year motivation may perhaps scare some children, but I was capable to pay attention to Coniglio clarify the choices for Tre in his postgraduate problem and it pretty much made me want to enlist.”
To start with, while, that senior season awaits.
“Tre was in a difficult situation last yr,” LeBlanc claimed. “But the development he’s designed in the offseason in the body weight place, leadership and being familiar with the offense have been spectacular.
“Tre is a dynamic child who can do a great deal. His management is what you anticipate of a person able of going to the Naval Academy.”