Garden City's Jones hauls in first offer

After spending a year at Georgia Southern, current Garden City CB Riyahd Jones (6-0, 186) decided he wanted to see if he could play at the highest level of college football, so he joined the Broncbuster's hoping to find an opportunity. After only seeing him in the spring, one MAC school decided to extend an offer and more schools appear close to pulling the trigger...

After a solid prep career at Culver High School in Columbus, Georgia, Jones signed with Georgia Southern and spent the 2011 season there, starting seven games and totaling 12 tackles, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

Even with that early playing time and success, Jones felt his heart tugging him in the direction of giving FBS programs another chance to see what he could do, so he headed to Garden City in January and hasn't looked back.

"It was the right decision for me," Jones told "I like Georgia Southern, it was nothing against that place or the coaches there, but I always felt I could play at a higher level, so after the season I came here to see what I could do."

During spring practice one MAC program saw enough of him to offer and several other schools have told him they are very interested.

"I just got offered by Toledo," Riyad said. "Coach (Bryce) Saia was here and got my film during the spring and they called the other day and offered.

"Besides them, the other schools that are recruiting me are Kansas State, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech a little, Arkansas, West Virginia, South Alabama some and Louisiana Tech."

With his size and speed, Jones is a perfect fit in almost any defensive scheme, but he said he prefers man-to-man to zone.

"I can play both, but I prefer bump-and-run," Jones admitted. "I just like being physical and competing with the guy across from me every down."

Jones was a full-qualifier out of high school, so he's a good student, but since he falls under the "4-2-4" rule, he'll need to get his two-year degree before he can leave.

He plans to be done in December and will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.

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