It's hard to believe that when fall camp opens wide receiver Dominick Goodman will be a senior. The former Colerain product has enjoyed a great career and will look to go out as the Bearcats number one guy, but who will take Goodman's place the following years? Brian Kelly has targeted this wide receiver as the successor and he's listening.
Josh Jones was one of around 25 Class of 2009 prospects to be invited to a local Junior Day held by the coaching staff at the University of Cincinnati. It was upon this visit the Cincinnati Elder wide receiver had a chance to sit down one-on-one with head coach Brian Kelly and hear what the coach had in store for his future.
"The Junior Day was very good," Jones told Bearcat Insider. "Many of us were at the basketball game and then the coaches took us back to listen to what Coach Kelly had to say. Afterwards I had the chance to sit down and talk with Coach Kelly and he then made me an official offer to the University of Cincinnati."
Jones, who is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound main target for the Elder Panthers is coming off a great junior season that saw him haul in 32 passes for 543 yards and 6 touchdowns. His physical size and ability allows him to use his body control to gain position and make all the catches asked of him. Does he remind Bearcat fans of somebody?
"Coach Kelly told me they see me taking the place of Dominick Goodman in their offense, said Jones." "Knowing how many balls he pulled down this past season would make any wide receiver excited."
While Jones also has interest in Michigan and Ohio State, he said the Bearcats are his first official offer and while the rest has all been schools sending him mail. Maryland has been sending hand written letters of interest early on.
As for Jones the chance of staying close to home is not one he's too concerned with.
"It really doesn't matter to me if I stay close or go away to school. I just want to find what's right for me."
Remember, while there may be other receivers out there who grabbed more passes, Jones shared a lot of passes with All-American Kyle Rudolph and fellow wide receiver Nick Olthaus this past season for the Panthers.
Look for Jones to be listed as one of the top wide receiver prospects and one of Ohio's top overall prospects during the coming year.