Ricky Jones is a 5-foot-11, 175 pound stand-out receiver for Sarasota Booker HS. He's a strong receiver that recorded 983 yards with 11 touchdowns and took back two kick-offs for scores as a junior and was recently named the Offensive MVP at last month's IMG Madden Football Academy Kickoff Weekend. This past Saturday he took a trip to Tampa to check out the Bulls for Junior Day.
"I visited USF this weekend and really loved it and enjoyed myself," said Jones. "Everything was all new and nice and the coaches showed me a lot of love. It was really great."
During the visit Jones got to see the campus, learn about the academics and check out the Bulls facilities and came away very impressed.
"I loved the facilities, everything was brand new and you can tell they put a lot of money into it," said Jones. "The weight room was awesome and all brand new looking. They got three new practice fields two grass and one artificial, and they look very sweet."
"We got to watch them practice on the turf field and that was real cool," said Jones. "The practice was very intense, but at the same time they all have fun out there."
Jones also got to spend time with the USF coaching staff and liked them all especially wide receiver coach Phil McGeoghan.
"I spoke with all the staff and they seem like really good coaches," said Jones. "I talked a lot with the WR Coach McGeoghan, he's my favorite coach right now and I like him a lot. He has so much excitement about him and he makes me feel that USF is like home."
The standout receiver also got to spend some one-on one time with Bulls Head Coach Skip Holtz and got some good news.
"I got to talk to the head coach, he's a great dude and I enjoyed talking with him," said Jones. "He said he really liked my highlight reel and thinks I'd be a great asset to the team, and offered me a full ride. Getting that offer from USF felt great, it really did!"
South Florida isn't the only team to be showing interest in Jones at this time. He's receiving a lot of letters from different schools with several already extending offers.
"Right now I think have three offers," said Jones. "USF and I believe I have offers from Texas Tech, and Clemson. That's what my coach told me, but I have to talk to him. I have a lot of schools showing me interest also. Schools like Florida, TCU, and some others."
It's early in the recruiting process, but Jones already has several schools that are standing out to him at this time.
"Right now schools that are sticking out to me are Texas Tech, USF, and Florida," said Jones. "That's who I like right now."
Jones also said that relationship with the coaching staff is important, and he's already formed a few.
"I've got to know the wide receiver coach McGeoghan from USF, we got a good relationship and the coach from Texas tech, Chaz Scott, I talk with him a lot too,' said Jones.
The coveted recruit talks about what he likes about USF and the Bulls football program.
"I like everything about USF. The whole visit there was great and I really liked it. I don't know how to explain it," said Jones. "I know they run a multiple set offense and sometime run 4 and 5-receiver sets. Right now they don't have a really good inside slot receiver that plays like I do. So there's opportunity there."
In the classroom Jones said he carries a 3.7 GPA and just took the ACT and is taking the SAT in April. On the football field he recorded 983 yards with 11 touchdowns and took back two kick-offs for scores as a junior, and says what makes him a good receiver.
"I have a good burst off the ball and I have a great set of hands," said Jones. "I'm a possession receiver that when I get the ball in my hand I do my thing. Thats what I love to do."
Jones has already visited UF for their junior day and may take some visits this spring.
"I was invited to go to North Carolina and a few others. I'll probably go see a bunch of schools this spring," said Jones. "I want to take a few visits and see what practices are like."
The Sarasota Booker prospect doesn't have a time frame for when he'll commit, but knows what he's looking for in a program when it comes down to making a choice.
"First I'm looking at academics and if they have my major and stuff like that," said Jones. "Then I'm at playing time, I want to get on the field. Location isn't a huge factor, but I want to feel comfortable where I go."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Ricky Jones and the rest of the 2012 recruiting class.