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Cedar Rapids Washington OT Julian Good-Jones receives first offer from Iowa State Cyclones

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Published: 03/17/2014

C.R. Washington’s Julian Good-Jones picks up offer from Iowa State

It’s a fact that the first offer from an FBS program is often the toughest to get. A lot of times the recruiting process starts with a D2 or FCS offer. The Warriors' Julian Good-Jones can rest easy as Iowa State Cyclones Coach Paul Rhodes got the ball rolling for him. The 6’5” 265lb offensive tackle was excited to get an offer from a Big 12 program in March before his senior season. “It felt great to get the offer especially this early. I really like everything I’ve seen so far at Iowa State.”

Good-Jones’ career at Wash started when he played on the sophomore team as a freshman and proceeded on to the varsity squad as a sophomore. His second season on varsity as a Junior was a breakout year for him. “I felt like I really figured things out last season and settled in on the offensive side of the ball. I’m fortunate to have great coaches and teammates that have helped me improve each season.”

When asked about his strengths and weaknesses, Good-Jones thinks his size, overall athleticism and explosiveness off the ball is what has attracted immediate interest from FBS programs. “I can cover a lot of ground quickly and we are taught to play hard to the whistle on every play. I want to continue to improve on my overall technique, specifically my pass blocking.”

Thus far, the recruiting process has gone very smoothly for Good-Jones. He credits Warrior Coach Paul James as being a huge help in putting his highlight tape together and making contact with college programs. When asked if he had any advice for high school athletes that aspire to play at the next level, he said to get the film done ASAP and take initiative to contact the position coach and recruiting coordinators directly. He said the key is to make it easy for them to watch your film.

Good-Jones has also had interest from Minnesota and Kansas State. He plans to visit Minnesota soon and also wants to reach out to Pac 12 schools Oregon and Oregon State as he has family ties in that part of the country. Regardless of his final decision, he is committed to getting bigger and stronger over the next 5 months. No doubt Good-Jones is in a great position to help the Warriors achieve great things this fall. 

Cedar Rapids Washington is projected to be a top 10 4A team going into the 2014 season.