Sixth grader headed to invitation-only football camp

03/12/2014 10:40 AM

03/12/2014 10:41 AM

Surrounded by family, friends and teammates, Weatherford’s Blaze Jones was recently presented an invitation and scholarship to Football University or FBU ( FBU is the creator of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and offers an exclusive, invitation-only football camp for the nation’s most elite youth and high school players.

“We are very excited to have one of our players invited to attend FBU’s camp,” said John Patterson, Weatherford Optimist Club President. “With the exposure of Blaze by the coaches of FBU, this opens the door for the Weatherford Optimist Club to work with FBU and future elite players here in Parker County.”

Matt Jones, Blaze’s father and coach, was equally as excited.

“Not just as a father, but as a coach I couldn’t be more excited for Blaze; he’s earned it,” he said. “He works year-round to improve his skills and abilities as a player. As he grows his abilities on both offensive and defense will have a significant impact during his career as a football player.”

Blaze isn’t just a star athlete, he is also an “A” honor roll sixth grader at Mary Martin Elementary and is involved with the Duke University Talent Identification Program.

“I didn’t start playing football until I reached the seventh grade so programs like Weatherford Optimist and FBU allow players like Blaze to work on their skills early to achieve success,” Matt said. “I’ve had the opportunity to coach some really amazing kids in the Weatherford Optimist Football League and its producing some spectacular athletes, like Blaze, that will have a major impact in the schools here in Parker County.”

Blaze will be attending the three-day FBU camp in April at Rockwall High School.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity, all of this is such a big surprise,” Blaze admitted. “I knew I was being considered...I didn’t think I would get invited this year. I’m blessed to have the opportunity.”

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