Two twin track stars from Boise are forces to be reckoned with on the track, but will their dream of competing at the college level to play baseball together become a reality?
“They are a package deal,” said Adonis Jones, the father of the two track stars.
That is the only way to describe Adrian and Andre Jones. Both men are gifted in both track and baseball, and both are receiving offers to make their dreams a reality. The catch? They want to compete at the next level together.
“I haven’t even thought about separation from Adrian, I just know that wherever we go to college, we’re going to go to the same place,” Andre Jones said.
The Jones brothers have been getting mail frequently as schools and recruiters are putting the brothers on their lists.
It has become a family discussion as to what the best school is for the brothers to enroll this fall.
“[You] email all the coaches, advertise yourself, get yourself out there. Let it be known that you are someone who can compete at the next level,” Adrian Jones explained.
“When the coaches reply to us, we just talk to each other like ‘Hey Adrian, do you want to go to this school?’ and then we’ll start going back and forth with the coaches,” Andre said.
To earn the scholarships they need, the brothers will need to use every ounce of social media presence to gain college attention. They have already begun using Facebook, Twitter and even athletic.net, a website that compiles their times and video for recruiters and coaches.
“When I email the coaches I have a link to my athletic.net profile, which just shows my times and how I’ve been performing over all my four years of high school,” said Andre.
“Whoever hosts the race, they put all the results in there. It says your personal best from each year and then your overall personal best,” said Adrian.
“With Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, all that type of stuff, people look at that. I always tell my boys to be mindful of what they put out there” said Adonis.
The division one offer they have in their sights isn’t given to just anyone. Only 2% of high school athletes are awarded some form of athletics scholarship to compete in college. Still, despite the odds, the brothers are hopeful their hard work will pay off.
“Life is tough. It’s going to be tough. It’s not going to be all roses and to prepare for it, and I think right now my boys are ready for that” said Adonis.
The Jones expect to wrap up their decision within the next three weeks. As far as where that decision will take them?
They have stated that wherever they go, they are a package deal and will go to college together.