Jones, a 6-foot-1, 191-pound wide receiver out of Cleveland Glenville High School, is a three-star wide receiver prospect, according to Scout.com and the No. 88 overall prospect in the Midwest. Jones chose the Badgers because he wants to carry on the tradition established by Ohio products Chris Chambers and Lee Evans at the wide receiver position.
As a senior at Glenville, Jones caught 39 passes for 655 yards and 10 touchdowns, finishing his career with 139-2,339-40. He lettered in football three times and will letter in track for the fourth time this spring. He is a member of the 400 relay team that has won back-to-back state championships.
Jones said that last summer he was timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.5 seconds and he recorded a 215-pound bench press. He has not been tested in either since then. He did not know his cumulative grade-point average and is undecided on a college major.
Badger Nation: What was your first impression of the University of Wisconsin
Daven Jones: "I remember coming in for the camp last year in the summer. And they had the water… I think it was downtown (Madison). And we were driving in and there was the water and stuff (from the lakes). I liked that."
BN: What was your favorite memory from your official visit (Dec. 16)?
DJ: "How the other players just took me in as a person."
BN: What are you most proud of from your high school career?
DJ: "How I matured as a player."
BN: Is there an athlete you would say you model your game after?
DJ: "Randy Moss."
BN: Why Moss?
DJ: "My teammates… when I was at practice they called me little Moss, so I just took it."
BN: What is the best sports movie of all time?
DJ: "Remember the Titans"
BN: Favorite non-sport celebrity or historical figure?
DJ: "Denzel Washington"
BN: Who has influenced you the most or served as a role model during your football career?
DJ: "I'd say Ted Ginn Jr."
BN: How has he served as a role model?
DJ: "I've basically just watched him… the two years I was with him (in high school) I just watched how he did things and I just picked up from that."
BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year at UW?
DJ: "I want to come right in and play."
BN: What are your goals for your Badger career both for this year and in seasons to come?
DJ: "To become a better man and be able to get my degree."
BN: Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
DJ: "Just successful. Successful in life."