Sarasota Booker's Ricky Jones is a 5-foot-11, 175 pound stand-out receiver that was the Tornadoes top offensive player over the last two seasons and was named the Offensive MVP at IMG's Madden Football Academy Kickoff Weekend.
‘Everything's going great, I've just been working out, running and getting ready for spring ball to start next week," said Jones. "I'm real excited and can't wait for it."
As a sophomore he had over 500 yards of offense with 6 touchdowns, then turned in a solid junior season recording 983 yards with 11 touchdowns and took back two kick-offs for scores. With the spring evaluation period kicking off, he has seen quite a few college coaches stopping by.
"A whole bunch have stopped by and I've been seeing a lot of them lately," said Jones. Miami came by, so did Purdue and some others, but I just can't think of them right now. I just recently talked to USF and Texas Tech also."
Jones said he's been receiving a lot of interest from different schools with several already extending offers.
It's early in the recruiting process, but with an impressive list of offers Jones has several schools that are standing out to him at this time.
"Right now USF is sticking out, I like USF and Texas Tech," said Jones who talked about what he liked about the two programs.
"I went down there for the USF junior day and I really liked it. They showed me a lot of love," said Jones. "I met all the coaches and the Head Coach Skip Holtz. He's seems like a good coach and a pretty cool dude. I liked the school and the campus and the facilities are great. They're putting a lot of money into the program. They got a nice weight room and I really liked the three new practice fields they got, they're real nice."
"Texas Tech has been telling me a lot of things I want to hear," said Jones. "They included me in their offense and I know they throw a lot."
Jones said that a relationship with the coaching staff is important, and he's already formed a few.
"I talk the most with USF wide receiver coach McGeoghan and the coach from Texas Tech, Chaz Scott," said Jones. "I like Coach McGeoghan a lot, he's my favorite coach right now and I like him a lot. He's young, personable and gets you excited when you talk with him."
Out of the two schools standing out Jones said one school is in the lead for his services.
"Right now USF is my biggie, I like them a lot," said Jones. "I like the coaching staff a lot and have a good relationship with them, they show me a lot of love and there's a lot to like about the school."
The Sarasota Booker prospect doesn't know when he'll make his choice and is focused on the start of spring ball, but did say what he's focusing on when it comes down to make his choice.
"I don't have a timetable for when I'll decide. I'm really concentrating on spring football right now," said Jones. "First I'm looking at academics," said Jones. "Then I'm looking at playing time, I want to get on the field, and I want to feel comfortable where I go."
With Spring Ball starting next week Jones said a lot of schools said they'll be stopping by to see him the next few weeks.
"A lot of schools that I've been talking to said they're coming by the next few weeks," said Jones. "Schools like Clemson, USF, Miami, Virginia, Texas Tech, Duke and a bunch of others."
In the classroom Jones said he carries a 3.7 GPA and just took the ACT and is waiting his test score. Right now he's just enjoying the whole process.
"I really enjoying this time of the year," said Jones. "I love to compete and like to see all these coaches interested in me. It shows my hard work is paying off."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Ricky Jones and the rest of the 2012 recruiting class