Photo: Andrew McMurtie. Grayson's Korey Jones is being recruited by North Carolina State and other ACC and SEC schools.
Korey Jones stood on the sidelines of the Georgia Dome two years ago never really expecting to get in the game.
Then the Grayson wingback’s name was called.
The Rams were playing in the Corky Kell Classic against Camden County, the defending state champion in Class AAAAA. Jones was a promising sophomore with good hands and great speed.
The Jone File
Who: Korey Jones
Favorite meal: Spaghetti and meatballs
Favorite sports team: Atlanta Hawks
Favorite athlete: Adrian Peterson
• Runs a 4.55-second 40-yard dash
• Power cleans 270 pounds
• Maintains 3.0 GPA
• Has a scholarship offer from N.C. State
With the game scoreless in the second quarter, Grayson needed an offensive spark. Jones entered the game and caught a 44-yard pass to set up the game’s first touchdown as the Rams went on to beat the defending state champs.
“That was the first time I ever got in. It’s one of my biggest memories,” Jones said. “I didn’t know what I was going to do. I was really nervous and scared.”
That one play has set the tone for Jones’ career the last two seasons. The senior has had a knack for making big plays, whether it’s a long run or deep catch.
“Korey is a playmaker,” Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said. “He just makes plays.”
Jones plays the wingback in the Grayson’s wing-T offense, which allows him to get the ball as a running back or receiver. He rushed for 537 yards and eight touchdowns last year and averaged 30 yards a catch with three scores.
“I just expect him to make plays,” Conn said. “We try to get the ball in his hands anyway we can.”
That was evident after the second game of the season. Grayson tried Jones as a defensive back and wingback. However, after scoring two touchdowns and pumping some life in the Grayson offense, the Rams kept him on that side of the ball.
“I honestly may be better at receiver, but it doesn’t matter to me,” Jones said. “Whichever gets me on the field.”
Jones feels a little more comfortable at receiver partly because of the guy throwing the ball to him. Quarterback Nick Schuessler has been best friends with Jones since elementary school.
Jones moved to Grayson when he was in the third grade. That’s where he met Schuessler for the first time.
“He was the first kid to talk to me,” Jones said. “He asked me what’s your favorite college football team. I said Georgia and everything was fine.”
Jones showed a lot of promise as a ninth-grader and he finally got his shot as a sophomore in the Georgia Dome. Despite the big play, he still started on the JV that season. But Jones was too good. The JV wasn’t much of a challenge and midway through the season he was starting on the varsity.
“He’s a humble kid. He’s not that kind that always bugs you that he needs the ball or he needs to play this,” Conn said. “He’s not that kid that’s always chattering. He just does it by the way he plays the game.”
Grayson has won three region titles in the last four years and has been to two state semifinals. The bar is no longer to be the best in Region 8 or to make a deep playoff run, it’s now a title. Jones could be the one to take them there.
“I think everyone’s goal is to win state,” Jones said. “We’ve had region, we’re going big this year.”