Player Spotlight: Ricky Jones

Ricky Jones Jr. has been a starter since his freshman season at Sarasota's Booker High School. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound slot receiver currently holds 26 Division 1 offers. Although he isn't ready to name favorites, some schools are pushing for his signature harder than others.

"Wake (Forest), Indiana, Stanford, Duke and South Florida are recruiting me the hardest," said Ricky Jones. "I'm hearing a lot from Wake. I just got off the phone with Coach Galloway, who coaches the receivers. USF was the first school to offer me. I'll always remember that. Stanford is a school I'm seriously considering. I'm a Florida boy and never been to Cali, so I'm hoping to take a visit."

Other prominent schools that have offered include Clemson, North Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas Tech, West Virginia, and most recently Iowa State.

"After a couple of visits I'll know more about what direction I want to go in," said Jones, 'but no favorites yet. Playing time is a factor for me because I don't want to go somewhere and be fourth string. I do love competition, but still. I want to go to a school offering strong academic programs. For me the coaching staff is less of a factor because I think I'm a very coachable player and can get along well with anybody."

Jones was named to the inaugural 2010 All-Madden team from more than 400 players from across the nation who competed at the Madden Football Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He was among the three wide receivers chosen with Tampa area players Nelson Agholor and Andre Davis.

"In the off-season I worked on my balance," said Jones. "I'm glad. I need because I've been staying up a lot longer this year. I also worked a lot on my route running. We're working in a new quarterback this year, so my numbers haven't been as good as the past two season with Jemaine (Leverette). We were both kind of on the same page. We're starting to get into a rhythm. The best thing I can do to help is run good routes and get open."

Starting for the Tornadoes as a freshman, Jones played defensive back. He was moved next season to slot receiver where he went on to lead the team in receiving two years straight. He's made All-Area the past two seasons as well as two Sarasota Area Offensive Player of the Year runner-ups.

"In the three years I've been here we haven't made it to the playoffs," said Jones. "Although I've put up some big stats and had some honors, I've never had a chance to play in the playoffs. It's my goal to help change that this year."

Jones is recruited by Steve Russ at Wake Forest. He is cousins with former Florida linebacker and Booker alum, John Jones. A good student, Jones reports a 3.8 GPA in AP classes.

The Tornadoes (0-2) look to get their first win on the season when they play Southeast of Bradenton, Fla. this weekend. Ricky Jones Jr. wears No. 4 for the Booker Purple & Gold.

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