More on David Jones' Commitment, UK Recruiting

When the University of Kentucky received good news with the commitment of David Jones on Sunday, it did more then just add a speedster to a program in desperate need of speed and athleticism.

The commitment of Jones' helped somewhat ease the whispers of the faithful that had suggested, in-state recruiting had taken a turn for the worse.

But that all changed on Sunday, when one of the state's finest athletes committed to UK over a host of competing higher tier schools, such as Ohio State.

"David Jones is the kind of player UK can win with in the SEC," Founder Rob Bacigalupo said. "Jones has the speed to burn people."

Adding a player the calibar of Jones, helps re-establish the hope, the staff can re-gain the momentum they had from 2004; when they signed the best class since the Curry days.

"He's very coachable and well liked by everyone involved within Belfry's program," Bacigalupo said. "UK has a winner in David Jones."

Jones' head coach at Belfry, Philip Haywood, echoed those sentiments;

"He's an outstanding athlete," Haywood told Inside Kentucky on Monday. "He's obviously blessed with great speed and athleticism."

Jones ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds recently at Ohio State's camp.

"The Nike camps is where he really started getting attention," Haywood continued. "He ran consecutive 4.4's; which was just blazing."

Perhaps lost in the hoopla surrounding Jones' speed, is his leadership ability. Belfry won the state championship last year on the back of Jones, whom accumulated 202 yards and 4 touchdowns in the state championship game against Elizabethtown.

"He certainly plays very hard, both in the classroom and on the field" Coach Haywood proclaimed. "He had some super individual performances for us last year and I expect him to do the same this upcoming year."

"I think he'll make an excellent addition to Kentucky."

So does David Jones.

"After going to UK's camp this weekend, I just felt it was the right place for me," Jones told the Lexington Herald Leader, Wednesday; three days after IK broke the story. "I didn't see a need to go to Ohio State. The (UK) coaching staff made me feel really comfortable."

And so are the fans, whom can rest easy knowing another in-state star will not be heading north to play his college football.

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