Darryl Jones (Princess Anne/Virginia Beach, Va.) had two offers from Charlotte and ODU prior to Jan. 30, but when Maryland area recruiter Chris Beatty came through with a verbal, the 2018 receiver was thrilled. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Jones couldn’t say enough about his first FBS look from the Terps.
“Man, I was really excited. Maryland is a Big Ten school and it’s crazy, the day before I was talking to my friends about getting my first big offer. And then it happened a day later,” Jones said. “Like I said, I was really excited and it was awesome. I didn’t expect it at all. I was in awe to tell you the truth. This is the first big school to give me a chance.”
Jones said he heard about the offer from his high school coach. The junior wideout has not had a chance to call Beatty yet, and the only interaction they’ve had thus far has been through Twitter.
“My coach didn’t really tell me what [Beatty] said; he just let me know Maryland liked me and wanted to offer me,” Jones said. “But it’s something special that Maryland came in first. They were the first ones to see that I could play [FBS] ball. It’s humbling and it’s something I’ve always worked for. It feels good and I’m always going to be thankful to Maryland for that.”
At the moment, Jones is in the research phase in regards to UMD. He said he hadn’t really thought to check the Terps out prior to Jan. 30.
“But I’ve seen them play and I know they’re Big Ten. I do like that they’re in a great conference like the Big Ten and I like the offense from what I’ve seen,” Jones said. “But, really, I don’t know anything about the school yet. I’d like to visit and find out more.“
Jones said schools such as UVA, UNC, Temple and Tennessee are showing interest. Of those, he’s visited the Wahoos and Vols.
“And this offseason I’m going around with my 7-on-7 team to places like Clemson, West Virginia and a few more,’ Jones said. “I know I’ll be hitting up some nearby schools too like Maryland, UVA, Va Tech – places like that.”
Jones went on to say that he’d “love” to land offers from WVU and Clemson in particular. He likes the receivers the Mountaineers have produced, while the Tigers’ national reputation obviously has his attention.
Jones, who runs the 40-yard dash in around 4.5 seconds, is coming off a first-team all-conference campaign.