On Monday, the Iowa State Cyclones football team received a commitment from Deshaunte Jones, a 3-star athlete from Colerain High School in Cincinnati, per Bobby La Gesse of the Ames Tribune.
Jones made his announcement official on Twitter:
Proud to announce that I will further my Academics and football Career at Iowa State University! pic.twitter.com/asRLUjnd93— Deshaunte Jones (@DJoness3_) February 2, 2016
The 5'10" athlete is the 25th-best prospect in Ohio, per 247Sports, and the 45th-ranked athlete in the nation. Jones played quarterback for Colerain and was the Southwest District Division I Offensive Player of the Year last season, per Mike Dyer of WCPO.com in Cincinnati.
Jones is known for using his legs as a signal-caller rather than his arm. He ran for 1,860 yards and 29 touchdowns in his senior year, per Dyer, while leading Colerain to its first appearance in the state semifinals since 2006.
This is a great pickup for Iowa State, which could use some playmakers out of the backfield and in the passing game. The Cyclones' best offensive player in 2015 was freshman running back Mike Warren, who ran for 1,339 yards and five touchdowns for the 3-9 Cyclones.
Iowa State can use Jones either as a read-option quarterback to create a tantalizing duo with Warren or as a speed back. New head coach Matt Campbell has a couple of unique options when it comes to utilizing the speedster from Ohio.