Football or baseball for Spring, Texas standout?

He has 17 football offers, but he was also invited to an All-American game for baseball. What will Daryl Jones do: play football or baseball in college or go to the Major League?

Nebraska has had it happen before. One of their signees goes and plays major league baseball instead of college football. Ross Pilkington came back from baseball to play at Nebraska while Carl Crawford is now a MLB All-Star.

While Daryl Jones hasn't committed to Nebraska, or anywhere for that matter, teams and fans following his recruitment should be prepared. Jones is great at both baseball and football.

"I am playing at a tournament right now in Georgia. I play right field and bat second in the order," Jones said. "I like both football and baseball. I would like to play both in college."

"I get invited to pro try-outs and I was just invited to the AFLAC All-American game. They invited the top 40 players in the nation to play."

While the draft projections for next year are not here yet for Jones, but knowing where he falls nationally in the All-Star game verifies that he is a good baseball player. He has also been receiving some college baseball attention since July 1.

"The college baseball coaches have been calling. I got calls from Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Arizona, Houston, Dartmouth and TCU. I don't have any offers in baseball, yet."

He does however have football offers. Seventeen of them in fact. All of the schools are seeing the 6-foot-0 and 175 Jones as a wide receiver. The Spring, Texas standout says that his speed and his moves off of the ball are his biggest strengths.

"I also run good routes and I have good receiving ability. I am a lot stronger than what I look too."

Although he has been busy with baseball this summer he was able to take in some unofficial visits this past fall and spring. He has been to Texas A&M three times, Texas twice and Houston once.

"I went to two football games and a junior day at Texas A&M. I went to two football games at Texas and one at Houston. I haven't been to any camps this summer."

Jones does not have an offer from Texas, but he does have offers from Texas A&M and Houston. "I also have offers from Nebraska, Stanford, Kansas, Air Force, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Baylor, TCU and a few others."

While he is leaving his options open right now he does admit that a few schools are standing out to him right now. "I like Nebraska, Northwestern, Stanford and Georgia Tech so far. If I had a top four or five those teams would be in it. As of right now though I am still open."

Nebraska is on his leader board for a few reasons that he noted in the interview. "Nebraska has a good winning percentage. They also changed their offense to the West Coast Offense. That is really good for my position. John Blake from Nebraska is recruiting me. He's a funny guy. Very down to Earth."

Jones isn't sure if he will take an official to Nebraska or not, but he isn't sure about where he is taking any of his officials right now. "Maybe I'll take one there. I have to sit down and talk about it with my parents. Distance isn't an issue."

Although he spoke to Nebraska during the evaluation period baseball and football were not discussed. He did note that he did not talk with Coach Blake for an extended period of time though.

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