As always, Joker Phillips is placing emphasis on speed, agility and overall athleticism with each of the recruits he offers. Riyahd Jones possesses all of those qualities. After running a 4.51 in the forty and then a 4.1 in the shuttle, Jones (6-foot, 175-pounds) received a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky. Jones jumped on the offer.
"The coaching staff made me and my mom feel so welcomed," said Jones. "We felt at home. They said they wanted me to be a part of their team, so I want to be where I'm wanted," he said.
Jones has already visited Kentucky previously and he has enjoyed camping in Lexington. "I love the campus," he said. "It's probably one of the best I've been to. I performed great both times (at camp) according to them," he continued. "They were just loaded at receiver, so I feel they can use me at corner. I'm very versatile," he continued.
The Wildcats are recruiting Jones as a defensive back, but he had a solid season at wide receiver last year.
"I played pretty good last year, but we fell short of a ring. So I could have done better," said Jones. "I had 27 catches for 405 yards and five touchdowns," he continued.
Jones was receiving interest from Clemson, Mississippi State, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech before committing to Kentucky. But you can expect them to continue to recruit the Georgia native if he continues to improve his game.
My strengths at cornerback are my height, speed, pass-catching ability and change of direction," said Jones. "I want to get faster. I consistently run a 4.5 forty. But I want to be down to a 4.4 when I get to Kentucky," he finished.
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