Evanston’s Naquan Jones knows Division I football coaches will be watching him this fall

Evanston junior-to-be Naquan Jones (13) has scholarship offers from Iowa and Illinois.
Evanston junior-to-be Naquan Jones (13) has scholarship offers from Iowa and Illinois. | Lynn Trautmann/LTPhoto Evanston

Naquan Jones’ page on the Hudl video website currently features four videos. All four are less than a minute long and none of them had more than 210 views as of Friday, yet each illuminates why the Evanston junior-to-be has emerged as a Division I prospect this summer.

“Naquan has great size and he has just natural physical strength,” Evanston football coach Mike Burzawa said. “And when you put that together with heart and desire, he’s shown tremendous potential. He has all the measurables that colleges are looking for, in terms of size, speed, athleticism.”

Three videos feature a variety of impressive plays by Jones, who’s 6-foot-4 and about 280 pounds. Jones, who has scholarship offers from Iowa and Illinois, snares a pass down the seam against Proviso West and then runs past a safety before being brought to the turf. Against Maine South, he chases down a running back from his spot at defensive tackle before laying him out along the sideline.

But it’s film from the Evanston sophomore team’s game against Crete-Monee last season that is especially noteworthy. In the highlight video, Jones flattens three different defenders. In the last video highlight, Jones is split out wide and levels an unsuspecting defensive back, whose back becomes parallel to the ground once Jones delivers the block.

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