After putting up over 1,400 yards in receiving along with 30 total touchdowns as a senior, A.C. Jones HS (Tx) wide receiver Waydale Jones has all of a sudden became a hot name on the recruiting trail and now, the Commodores have officially entered the race.
Jones has been on the Commodores radar since the beginning of November, so the Vanderbilt staff is very aware of what the Texas wideout offers. Standing 6'4 190 lbs, Jones fits what receiver's coach Cortez Hankton wants in his receivers. He is big, fast and dynamic in the open field. Jones also offers the big play threat down the field and that's exactly what Vanderbilt see's in him.
"I have been talking with Vanderbilt for a few month's now and Coach Hankton tells me how much he likes my abilities on the field and how I would fit into their system," said Jones. "He says they need a big, play maker on the outside and I fit the mold. It really excites me how they feel about me. I have a lot of interest in Vanderbilt and I am honored to have an offer from them."
The Commodores became the 1st SEC school to offer Jones but they join others like Boise State, San Diego State, Wake Forest and others that are coming hard after him. North Carolina is another school that is quite interested but they have yet to offer.
The Tar Heels are the school to watch as they have already tentatively scheduled an official visit with on January, 27th and the other two weekends of this month have been filled.
Jones couldn't work out plans to visit Vanderbilt this weekend, so he could be somewhere else. On the weekend of the 20th, Jones has scheduled an official visit with Wake Forest and as already stated, North Carolina has him coming in on the 27th. The one thing holding Jones back from confirming the visit to UNC is because they have yet to offer and Vanderbilt has.
"This whole process is honestly a lot to handle but it's something I must do. I had already told North Carolina that I would possibly come to visit on the 27th but now that Vanderbilt has offered, those plans may change. I'm very interested in Vanderbilt because academics are a big deal to me. They offer great academics, a great coaching staff and an improving football team. It's really hard to not consider Vanderbilt, so I have some decisions to make and I know I have to make them soon."
Even if Vanderbilt does not receive an official visit from Jones, the Commodores will remain in high consideration.
"It doesn't matter what happens, Vanderbilt will be seriously considered," he said. "I am not going to make my commitment until at least after my final visit. I want to take these visits and judge everyone equally before I make a final decision."
Look for Vanderbilt to push hard at getting Jones on campus. If the 3-star receiver makes it to Nashville or not, look for the Commodores to remain major players in his recruitment.