Northwestern adds Christian Jones

Updated: August 3, 2010, 6:26 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has proven he's not afraid to take chances, and it's probably why the Wildcats landed the commitment of Class of 2011 wide receiver Christian Jones on Tuesday.

Jones, who is 6-3 and 200 pounds, tore his ACL in his right knee during spring practice at Westfield High School in Houston, and had a number of schools back off their scholarship offers to him. Northwestern did not.

"This is certainly an intriguing choice for Jones, but given the fact he is a great student and they have a wide open scheme this could be a perfect marriage," ESPN's Tom Luginbill said. "We have felt since the spring that this kid was flying under the radar and despite suffering an ACL injury, we still feel based on full recovery that he has the size/speed combination to create real problems in the Big Ten. He is physical and tough to contend with one-on-one. Pat Fitzgerald and his staff continue to upgrade their roster with kids outside of the Midwest and Jones could be a guy that could see the field early for the Wildcats."

Jones had 35 receptions for 702 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. Northwestern has 12 commitments for its 2011 class.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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