RECRUITING: Daryl Jones will have choices to make

Choices, choices, choices! <p> For Daryl Jones of Spring, Texas, not only does he have to think about college choices for football, but he's got to make some decisions about whether to play two sports in college or take the money since he will be a high choice in the June Major League Baseball Draft.

This multi-talented athlete who is one of the best wide receivers in the country has the Florida Gators on his final list of three schools and it appears that UF could land his signature on scholarship papers National Signing Day.

Jones, who is 5-11, 183, will be visiting Florida January 28 along with Texans RJ Jackson (Houston Westside) and Brandon La Fell (Houston Lamar).

Jones may be a new addition to the Gator recruiting board, but his season stats show he definitely belongs.

"We went 8-3 and lost in the first round of the playoffs," said Jones, who added "I had 48 catches for 600 yards and 11 touchdowns. I had a punt return for 90 yards."

Jones doesn't play on the defensive side of the ball at all.

While Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Stanford have all offered football scholarships, there is that chance he will walk away from football.

"I also play baseball," he said. "I am ranked 83rd in the country for the baseball draft."

Even though it's possible he could move into the second or even first rounds of the baseball draft with a great spring, it is not is not a slam dunk that he will take the money and run.

"The deal has to make sense, the money, the round, and the opportunity to play," he said. "You don't want to pass up the opportunity for a good education."

He said that there is also that chance he will try to play both football and baseball in college.

He has Georgia Tech in the running for his signature on signing day. He's got one visit for football scheduled and perhaps one for baseball.

"I am supposed to take a trip to Florida on the 28th, maybe UT this weekend and Georgia Tech … [those] are my top schools right now."

Of Florida, Jones said, "I know they have a new coach in Urban Meyer and all you have to do is look and see what kind of offense they ran at Utah. They have a very potent offense and will run up the score on you very quick. You take that coaching and put it with the athletes down in Florida and you have yourself a pretty good team."

He didn't have much to say about Texas except that it is "one of the schools I am looking at for baseball only, not football at all."

He has a strong interest in Georgia Tech.

"They have a good academic setting," he said. "One of my best friends, Drew Gause, attends there and he tells me a lot of things about that school. I know they play a lot of freshmen. If you are ready, they will play you. They had a pretty good freshman receiver, they have a good offense and will be a good team in the near future."

For Daryl Jones, the priorities for college choice begin with academics. He's got a 4.1 GPA in a weighted system and he is easily qualified.

"The first thing I am going to look at is academics," he said. "I'm not going to look at a school with no football program, but if they have a good academics and good upside for football that will be good."

Jones will be accompanied to Gainesville by his mother and his sister. He will be one of four or more wide receivers visiting Gainesville that weekend. He has the athletic and academic abilities that can make him a priority recruit for the Gators.

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