Panthers Land 4th Verbal Commitment

The University of Pittsburgh wrapped up there camp sessions this Saturday. While Pittsburgh may not have the numbers of prospects attending the camps as others they are still finding quality. Last Saturday the Panthers got a verbal commit from Buchtel athlete Marlon Terry. Tonight they got #4 a speed demon Defensive Back that chose Pittsburgh over Michigan, Minnesota, and Penn State.

"Tonight I called Coach Harris and Coach Deal and made my verbal commitment to attend the University of Pittsburgh, I am now a Panther"

1st Team All-State Division 2 Defensive Player Of The Year CB Dominic Jones (5-9, 182, 4.33) Brookhaven High School in Ohio committed to the University Of Pittsburgh. Dominic is perhaps the fastest and most dangerous weapon the Panthers have been able to land in a long time. Dominic had 42 tackles last season including 17 solos, 11 interceptions; he also blocked a punt and a field goal, and had 2 fumble recoveries. On offense he had 625 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. What makes Jones so coveted is his ability as a return man he had over 600 yards in Kickoff and punt returns, he ran 2 punt returns back for scores, and he returned 3 kickoffs for scores.

"Tonight I called Coach Harris and Coach Deal and made my verbal commitment to attend the University of Pittsburgh, I am now a Panther" said Jones

Jones had 22 written scholarship offers from the likes of Penn State, Minnesota, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Boston College and others. In the end it came down to 4 schools for Jones Michigan, Pittsburgh, Penn State, and Minnesota. Ironically Jones attended camp at Pittsburgh last Tuesday and was offered a scholarship, he was to attend camp at Michigan but injured his hamstring while at Pittsburgh, making it impossible for him to work out at Michigan. An event that Jones view's as fate for him.

"I did get hurt at Pittsburgh and I was to go perform at Michigan and couldn't to me I see that injury as happening for a reason. I think it happened because it was meant for me to be at Pittsburgh. I did go to see Michigan, but I wasn't interested."

"I felt the vibe at Pittsburgh, everything just felt right for me. Then when we were leaving we went across the bridge and I saw Heinz Field and the big ketchup bottle and it was over, I was sold on Pittsburgh."

What did your family say?

"We sat down and evaluated the school's that I was interested in. We all felt like Pittsburgh represented the best opportunity for me, we all felt Pittsburgh was the #1 choice."

Besides the All-State Defensive Player of the year honors, Dominic was named to the 1st team All-City (Columbus) and he was named the Defensive Player Of The Year. He was named 1st Team All-District, and was selected as the District Defensive Player Of The Year. He also received the Blue Chip Award presented by the Ohio Touchdown Club.

Dominic is impressed by the history of Pittsburgh football.

"I came into camp and I came there to impress. I felt everything would fall into place. I was excited when they offered I mean Pittsburgh has history with guy's like Tony Dorsett and Dan Marino."

Are you happy the process of looking at schools is over, and are you 100% committed to Pittsburgh?

"I'm not taking anymore visits. I am firm with my decision, I look at it like Marriage you get married you're committed to one person and that's it I am now focusing on my senior season at Brookhaven."

How was your trip to Pittsburgh?

"It's a nice campus the facilities and the coaches are all in the upper level of college football. I was very impressed with the academics and their Masters degree programs. The coaches don't BS you there they tell you how it is and that's it."

What kind of player are the Panthers getting in Dominic Jones?

"I am explosive, exciting, and Athletic. I am very motivated, but most of all I am a team player.

What would you say are your strengths as a player?

"My overall physical ability, my quickness, and leaping ability. I have a nose for the ball. I'm a very good open field tackler, and I can cover man-to-man."

How about any weaknesses or areas that needs to be improved on?

"My pre-snap reads run or reads. My knowledge of the game I think I need to study more film."

Have you met any current Panther players?

"I met Larry Fitzgerald at the Ohio Touchdown Club award dinner, at the camp I met Darrell Strong and Nick Williams."

Tom Blake coaches Brookhaven, they finished the 2003 season with a record of 13-1 losing in the semi-finals to Trenton-Edgewood. Brookhaven returns several starters including transfers Keith Massey and Alex Daniels.

More stats on Dominic Jones: Dominic runs the 100 meters, 4x100, and 4x200 for Brookhaven. The 4x100 meter relay team finished 2nd, the 4x200 meter relay team finished 3rd at the state track and field championships in Division 2. Dominic ran a 4.28 at Ohio State camp; he has a 39" vertical, 305 lb bench press, 410lb squat max. In the classroom he has a 3.8 GPA and has scored 17 on the ACT. He is considered by most as the most dangerous return men in the Midwest.

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