Riyahd Jones Approved For an Offer

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State is pursuing Riyahd Jones, a 6-foot, 186-pound cornerback, who will play this season at Garden City (Kan.) Community College after spending two semesters at Georgia Southern.

Jones, who is spending his summer back home in Columbus, Ga, said he was excited to receive the offer from the Wildcats staff.

"Last Wednesday is when Coach Dickey told me [Kansas State] was offering," said Riyahd Jones. "He asked me why I left Georgia Southern. I told him I was confident I could get to the Big 12 or the SEC and he liked that answer. He said he liked how physical I play the game, my footwork, how I use my hands on the receiver, and my height. I'm supposed to be back [at Garden City] on August 1st but I'm going to go back a little earlier so I can visit Kansas State."

As a true freshman in 2011, Jones started nine games for the Georgia Southern Eagles and had 15 tackles, two pass breakups, and a forced fumble. He then transferred to Garden City where he was able to participate in spring practice.

"It was great," Jones said on his time with his new team. "I'm confident that I can play with anybody out there. I felt like I became a team leader on defense. Coming here from Georgia I thought it would be a lot different, but the players are a lot like me. There's a good team vibe. I'm going to do whatever I can to help the team win and hopefully become a junior college All-American cornerback."

Jones has one other offer from Toledo he received in May but has been in contact with several schools expressing interest. If given his druthers, there are two major conferences he'd like to play in when he returns to Division 1 competition.

"I've been hearing from Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Arkansas, South Alabama, Louisiana Tech, and Troy," he said. "I want to go somewhere that I can come in and play right away because I only have two years of eligibility left. I want to at least go somewhere I can compete for playing time. I don't want to go to a program that's stacked at cornerback. I like the Big 12 because it's a pass happy conference and the SEC because it's so physical. Playing in both of those conferences give you a good shot at the NFL. I'd like to be comfortable though with the coaching staff and with my surroundings."

In his senior year at George Washington Carver High School in Columbus, Jones had offers from Kentucky, Mississippi State, UMass, and Georgia Southern. He originally committed to Kentucky before deciding on playing in-state at Georgia Southern. He said he plans on wearing No. 15 or No. 23 for the Broncbusters next season.

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