2001: Kevin Jones (Virginia Tech)
The native of Pennsylvania had offers from every major school in the country. Ultimately, Jones picked Virginia Tech over local institution Penn State. It proved to be a wise decision — as Jones ultimately developed into both an All-Conference player and an All-American. A record-setter in a number of categories during his collegiate career, it came as no shock when Jones was selected No. 30 in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
Jones did rush for 1,133 yards as a rookie. However, he never broke the 1,000-yard mark again. After parts of five years, Jones retired from the NFL at age 26. Since then, Jones has worked as a coach helping young kids to learn the game of football. He also helped develop a design firm (Jones was an Industrial Design major in college).
Other noteworthy players from his H.S. class: Marcus Spears, Joe Mauer, Carnell Williams, Lorenzo Alexander, Andrew Whitworth
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