Jacoby Jones was born on July 11, 1984, in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a young child, Jacoby was full of energy and loved to perform for family and friends. Jacoby was raised in New Orleans by a single mother, Emily Jones, who made sure he had plenty of activities to keep him busy and out of trouble. As a child, Jacoby would spend countless hours with friends at Pontchartrain Park in the lower 9th ward.
Jones attended St. Augustine High School and Marion Abramson High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. A late arrival to the game of football, Jones was a junior in Abramson High School before he played his first organized game. Jones was a standout track athlete and basketball player for much of his childhood. But the naturally gifted Jones immediately took to his new sport, and over the course of his final two years at Abramson he played both receiver and defensive back for his school’s football team.
At Abramson, he was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In basketball, he was an All-Metropolitan selection and an All-Area selection. In track, he was an All-Metropolitan selection and an All-Area selection, in the 100 meters and the 200 meters.
Choosing to stay close to home, Jones attended Southeastern Louisiana University on a track scholarship in 2002. Eager to play football, however, Jones transferred the following year to Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, where he split time between his track commitments and the football team.
At Lane, Jones thrived as a multi-sport star—even joining the college’s basketball team for the 2005-06 season. But in the summer of 2006, Jones decided to commit solely to football, a decision that paid off that year when he was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SAIC) Most Valuable Player.
A dynamic receiver and special teamer, Jones became the only player in SIAC history to be named All-SIAC at three positions (punt returner, kickoff returner and receiver). Because of his outstanding athletic ability and speed, he caught the attention of several NFL scouts.