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Getting to Know Tulsa WR Malachai Jones

Tulsa wide receiver Malachai Jones has a bright future ahead and he recently took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with NFL Draft Diamonds Jon-Michael Salter.

By: Jon-Michael Salter

Although his journey has just begun, at the college level. Malachai Jones, has the Moxy, skill set, and overall IT factor, to make him a real problem for defenses, across the league. A Texas native, Jones does what they do in Texas, plays football, and plays it well. Blessed with good size, at 6’0 180 LBs, a tenacity, to do the dirty work, and a swagger, coaches look for when scouting, for talent. I sat down with the Tulsa, product, to get to know the young man, and picked his brain on who he was outside of football? his strengths and weaknesses, on the field? and what set him apart from other talents?

Being a new name on the college level, I asked Jones, who he was outside of football?

“Outside of football, I am a guy that loves to hang around with family and friends. I love doing any type of activity, from staying in to watch a movie, to going out on hikes. I came to Tulsa because it felt like home as soon as I stepped on campus. I went to a camp in 2019, and honestly, I just had a gut feeling this was the place for me, so I pulled the trigger to commit right after that camp I went too.”

Having the versatility, to play across the board on offense, sharp as both a slot WR or playing on an island. I asked the young man, where he felt the most comfortable, given his skill set?

“I don’t mind playing in traffic, running routes across the middle of the field. So I honestly feel comfortable playing both inside and out, it doesn’t matter to me, really.”

What I find the most impressive about Jones, is his swagger, and fearlessness. Speaking with the young man, you can’t help but feel his confidence, as he has no fear in most situations. Speaking to that, I asked him what set him apart from other talented WR’s?

“What I feel sets me apart from other receivers, is I can do it all. I can go across the middle and be a possession receiver, as well as be a speed guy, and be a true deep threat. I can go up and catch the 50/50 balls, as well as having a background as a runner. I was a running back, which has allowed me to bring a toughness to my WR play.”

Continuing on he spoke about his biggest strength, as well as Jones’s biggest weakness, in his play?

What I think my biggest strength of play is my hands, I have good hands, as well as my route running. I can make tough catches look routine, and I am eager to continue to work on my route running, to make it an even bigger strength of mines. I just want to see my skill set grow, and be better over the years. I would say as for my biggest weakness, it is probably my creativity and elusiveness. I need to get better, I am continuing to work on being more creative, in ways to make people miss and help contribute, by adding yards after the catch, as a real strength of mines.”

Needless to say that Malachai Jones, has a very bright future ahead of him. From the talent he possesses, and the great personality, and humble nature, I feel that skies the limit for him. I myself, love watching this kids High School tape and look forward to seeing what he does for Tulsa. Whatever comes, one thing is for sure, Jones will be ready for it.

Follow me @JonM_Salter

Veteran, Father, Husband, football lover. Sports writer.

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