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NFL draft hopeful, former UTEP running back Aaron Jones visits former middle school

Former UTEP player and NFL hopeful Aaron Jones visited Ross Middle School. (CBS4/KFOX14)

Former UTEP running back Aaron Jones went to his old stomping grounds to inspire future El Paso athletes.

Jones visited students at Ross Middle School Friday morning.

“It feels great to be back, it’s where it all started for me,” Jones said.

He was a student and athlete there and then moved on to play football at Burges High School.

Jones also signed autographs and said hi to his old teachers who he still remembers.

“I’m going to try and stop by some of their classes. It’s going to be pretty cool to see them,” Jones said.

Jones said he wants to inspire students to continue their education. He spoke to them about his journey and what it takes to get to the next level.

Victor Lopez, Ross football player was thrilled to have Jones visit the school because as an aspiring NFL player, he said he looks up to Jones.

“He’s a stunning athlete. He was on top of not only sports but his grades too,” Lopez. “He never gave up on his dream.

Jones is projected to be chosen in the NFL draft and he said it doesn’t matter what team picks him up.

“I just want a chance to play.”

He has had numerous recognitions and received several awards, including being named to the Conference USA All Freshman Team, C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Dave Campbell Texas Running Back of the Year and All Conference USA Preseason First Team.

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