Commitment Spotlight: Kevis Jones

Kevis Jones, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker from Ft. Lauderdale, rescinded the verbal commitment he gave to UCF in August because he knew he wanted to become a Demon Deacon at Wake Forest. A big reason for his switch was his on-campus experience the weekend of the Virginia Tech game in mid-October.

"When I went to Wake Forest on my official visit, I was already open-minded on my recruiting," said Kevis Jones. "It was my first official visit.

"I knew a little bit about the school from Allen Ramsey, who was my player/host. When I was there I liked the surroundings, the environment, and the people. I started to feel like Wake Forest was the better overall fit for me."

The previous weekend before the official visit was Wake Forest's upset of the then-Top 25 Florida State Seminoles. The win had a residual effect on many of the recruits in the state of Florida, including Jones.

"There's a big difference between Conference USA and the ACC," Jones said. "I think I'll get a lot more exposure playing on TV every week in a top rated conference.

"Wake Forest has a great program. They've beaten Florida State four out of the past six years, and the Seminoles get the top recruits in the country every year. They compete against the best of the best."

The Deacon staff has been successful in maintaining roots within the Sunshine State. Jones becomes the sixth member of the Wake Forest class of 2012 from Florida.

"They have 31 players on the team from Florida," said Jones. "I know Merrill Noel and Antonio Ford from Pahokee. Allen (Ramsey) is just from around the way. I went to Northeast, he went to Dillard."

Jones also likes the quality of the education he'll receive at Wake Forest. In the end, however, it may have been the relationship with Coach Ray McCartney, which stayed intact even though he committed to UCF, that helped the most in his decision.

"Wake Forest is a small, private school," Jones said. "UCF has 56,000 students while Wake Forest has 4,500. A degree from Wake Forest carries a lot of value.

"It was Coach Mac who stuck with me. He saw something in me and showed he how much they wanted me. Our relationship has really blossomed. I met with Coach Mac and Coach Billings at my school. I talked it over with my Mom and decided to on my move."

The Oakland Park Northeast Hurricanes started the season 0-4, but reeled off seven straight wins to reach the Regional semifinals. The Hurricanes fell to Dwyer by a wide margin, but Jones likes the way his team responded after a slow start.

"I never knew what it was to be a leader until I was in those shoes," said Jones on his senior season. "I was the most highly recruited player on the team, so with that and being a senior I knew it was my time to step up.

"I felt like I made a positive impact by telling the younger guys to stay humble and even if things are going good, don't let up. We faced a lot of adversity this year, but worked hard to get through it and have a successful year."

Wake Forest recruited Jones to play outside linebacker, but this was his first year playing the position at Northeast. Previously, he was used at quarterback, defensive end, and tight end.

Jones may want to do some recruiting of his own. Fellow teammates Jeremy Glinton and Kameron Davis both have offers from Wake Forest, but remain uncommitted.

Jones plan to live in the weight room this spring and would like to visit Winston-Salem for a basketball game.

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