High school football champion becomes college football champion



Very few football players can say that they won a championship at the high school and college level.

But Valdosta State wide receiver Seantavious Jones can. The former defensive back for the Tucker High School Tigers was a member of the 2008 Class AAAA state championship team. He became a champion again on Dec. 15 after the Valdosta State Blazers defeated Winston-Salem State 35-7 in the NCAA Division II Championship game.

It was the third Division II national title for the Blazers. Jones said he and his teammates felt very accomplished after winning the national title.

“We worked very hard over the summer and it was exciting to win,” he said.

Jones likened this championship season to his championship season at Tucker.

“It was a strong bond [among teammates] just like in high school,” he said. “Everything felt the same. It was my junior year in high school and it was my junior year in college.”

Jones, who played cornerback at Tucker, was recruited as an athlete out of high school. He chose to play at Valdosta State because he felt it was the best fit for him.

“I like the coaches and everything was good,” he said.

Jones said he never thought about playing wide receiver, but the position “chose” him.

“I played defensive back in high school and that’s what I really like the most,” he said. “But I guess I’m really good at wide receiver and the coaches like me at wide receiver.”

Although he only had two catches for six yards in the game, this season was his best statistically at Valdosta State. In his third season as a Blazer, Jones had 51 receptions for 922 yards and 13 touchdowns. The season before, he had 32 receptions for 551 yards and six touchdowns.

Jones credited his work ethic and coaches for improving his game.

“I thank the strength and conditioning coaches for getting me prepared and all the other coaches for giving me a chance to keep playing and start.”

He plans to keep improving his game and have a better season next year.

“I want to get 60 catches, 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns,” he said.

Jones has some advice for high school players who want to be successful on the college level.

“Work hard in school,” he said. “Stay on top of your school work first. That’s the most important thing. Then just keep working hard and stay out of trouble.”

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