Cardinals Sign Football Star

Daryl Jones was one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country, and had received scholarship offers from several prominent NCAA Division I-A programs. As a senior at Spring (Texas) High School, Jones caught 84 balls for 600 yds and 11 TDs. He tallied 55 receptions for 800 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. Jones; however, turned all of those offers down to pursue a career in baseball at Rice University.

It appeared unlikely that Jones, who values education and had a 4.2 GPA in a weighted system, would give up his scholarship to Rice, but that's exactly what he did on Tuesday night when he signed with the Cardinals, who drafted him in the 3rd round (110th overall) last week in the 2005 Amateur Draft.

Jones, who is 5-11, 180, is currently headed to the Cardinals' complex in Jupiter, Fla. to attend a minicamp. From there he is expected to be assigned to Johnson City when their season begins on June 21.

Following are a couple of scouting reports on Daryl.

Perfect Game USA, 2005 Pre Draft Showcase "Jones has a very athletic and strong body, and was one of the best position prospects at the event. He ran a 6.69-sixty, and he threw 86 mph from the OF with good carry and little effort. At the plate, Jones has a good hand load with a short stride and very good bat speed. He has power potential, and can already drive the gaps with authority. He has a great combination of tools for the next level. He reminds us a bit of former PG Predraft player and MLB all star Carl Crawford. Carl ran a bit better, but Daryl has a better arm."

Baseball America

"Jones still is learning how to use his speed on the diamond, and it plays only as a slightly above-average tool right now. His frame and his potential as a basestealer remind scouts of Kenny Lofton, and he has more raw power than Lofton ever had. He's still raw, but he could blossom into a premium draft pick three years from now after focusing solely on baseball. He has the potential to be a power/speed center fielder, and the passion for the game to make that happen."

Contributing: Kenny Strode, Executive Producer of 1380 ESPN Radio in St. Louis

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