Plano's Jones picks Northwestern

Plano junior defensive back Joseph Jones has committed to Northwestern.

Jones, who is 6-1 and 200 pounds, sat out the majority of his junior season after breaking his foot in Plano’s third game. He had five tackles, one interception and one pass break-up on the season. He also rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and caught two passes for 23 yards.

“This is our first Division I athlete since 1971,” Plano athletic director Jim Schmidt said. “We always knew he had the ability. He’s just a gifted athlete. He’s a kid that runs a 4.4 [second] 40 [yard dash], and he’s 6-1 and he can jump.”

Jones is Northwestern’s fourth Class of 2012 recruit and joins Joliet Catholic running back Malin Jones as the Wildcats’ second in-state recruit.