FOUNTAIN — Fountain-Fort Carson's Q Jones has already been through a lot in his young life.
An injury-plagued high school career almost left him with no football future, but that changed this week.
"Four or five years ago, I did not see myself going to college," explained Jones. "It's just amazing that the fact that not only am I going to college, but I'm going to get a great education"
On Friday afternoon, Fountain-Fort Carson running back made a major decision. The senior committed to play college football, but not at a big Division I school
"I remember specifically when I was younger and I was talking to my father about going to college," said Jones. "He told me I want you to go to an Ivy League school, a school where you can get the best education because one-day football will end and just now having that opportunity I said I got to jump on it"
And Q did. The Trojan committed to play football at Dartmouth University, an Ivy League school located in New Hampshire, a dream that has now come full circle.
"My parents didn't get to go to college," said Jones. "My dad went to college when he was incarcerated so when I look at that and think of like I'm going to be the first one to go to a university and be able to change something. A lot of males in my family either get incarcerated or have terrible luck in life. That's what my dad told me stop the tradition down the road. Your great-grandpa, your grandpa, everyone's been to prison and all that stuff. I don't want you to go down that same path, so do something different. That's why this is so important to me, just to get to college, let alone going to an Ivy League school"
Because in the end, this 18-year old - who is wise beyond his year - wants to make a difference, in his family. and the people around him.
"I do not want to only change my life, but I want to change everyone around me, my family and down the line, my kids & my grandkids and like. I just I want to make a difference."