It should probably come as no surprise that the No. 6 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft was a phenom as a high school football player. While Julio Jones quickly became a star at that level, he took an interesting path to get there.
Jones' entire high school career is summed up in this al.com article that details his rise from a running back full of potential to a wide receiver destined to be a big-time player in the NFL.
As a freshman at Foley High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., he started on the varsity team as a wishbone running back. During the offseason, a new coach took over and quickly recognized his talents and potential at wide receiver.
It takes a good coach to recognize something like that in a player already showing flashes of brilliance at one position, and it takes a gutsy coach to actually move that player to a different position. The move certainly worked out in favor of Foley High, as well as Alabama and, hopefully, the Falcons.
It's a very good article that gives you some insight into how Jones became the player he is today, and I highly recommend it if you're looking for some good reading.