Jones reflects on bus trip

Wisconsin commit enjoyed latest visit to future stomping grounds

Daven Jones had visited the University of Wisconsin campus before the bus rolled into Madison June 19. But he still looked forward to and enjoyed his latest trip there, as part of the "Ted Ginn Sr. ASAP of Northeast Ohio, Midwest Combine Tour."

Ginn, Jones' coach at Cleveland Glenville, led a contingent of prep standouts on a road trip that included stops at Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Notre Dame, Purdue, Wisconsin and Ohio State.

"It was fun, getting everybody together," Jones said of the bus trip. "You have people from different schools. You get to know how other programs is compared to ours (at Glenville). It was just getting exposure."

Jones, who recently designated as a three-star prospect for the class of 2006, is one of the Badgers' prized verbal commitments early in this recruiting season. The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver is one of the top level prospects in talent-rich Ohio. He verbally committed to Wisconsin in March.

In a telephone interview, Jones said that he was impressed with the way the Camp Randall Stadium renovation is taking shape and that he enjoyed working out on the Field Turf during the one-day camp he and the rest of the bus trip athletes took part in.

"I saw [Wisconsin] before," Jones said simply. "It was nice."

Asked if any of the other schools on the tour docket impressed him, Jones said, "No, not really." He added that he is not planning on taking any additional visits this summer. Rather, he is focused on conditioning workouts with his Glenville teammates, as he prepares for his senior season.

Jones spent some time during his UW visit talking to Badger receivers coach Henry Mason.

"He's telling me I've got to keep working, keep working on my routes," Jones said. "Get faster. Get bigger. And get ready to come to Wisconsin."

Jones said he ran a 4.5 40-yard dash during the Badger camp. He used that speed to help Glenville win a state track championship this spring — during the season he ran the open 100 and was part of the 400 and 800 relay teams. Jones said his best time in the open 100 was 10.8 seconds. He said his top splits on the 400 and 800 relays were 9.8 and 21.5 seconds, respectively.

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