Deacs eyeing DB Jones

Deacs eyeing DB Jones

The Wake Forest staff hasn't offered many junior college players over the years, so when they do you know they must have something special. That's certainly the case with Riyahd Jones, a 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back at Garden City (Kan.) Community College, who is having a sensational sophomore year in the Jayhawk conference.

"Last Tuesday I received the [Wake Forest] offer from Coach Knorr," said Riyahd Jones. "He said he liked my size and speed, and my background at Carver [High School]. He said he knew some of my coaches there. He loved my film and said they were ready to offer me. He believes I can come in and do great things in the secondary and wants me to come in for a special visit to see the campus.

"I don't know too much about the program, but I'm going to do some homework on them. I know they play in the ACC, so that's a good thing. It's a great conference, highly-competitive, and not too far from home. I'd like to make a visit there, but it depends on my schedule with the playoffs coming up."

A native of Columbus, Ga., Jones played at Georgia Southern in 2011 as a true freshman and started in nine games for the Eagles. He decided to transfer to Garden City for another shot to play at the FBS level.

"It's been bittersweet," Jones said on his time in Kansas. "I've been away from my family, but I've been able to make a name for myself. I've been a part of getting things turned around here. We had two wins last year and this season we already have six. I have 24 tackles, eight pass breakups, one forced fumble, and two blocked field goals. One of my field goal blocks was last weekend against Dodge City. I caught the ball off the kicker's foot and took it 90 yards for a touchdown. It was named as one of the nation's top plays of the week."

Jones is already setting up his official visits and will be graduating from Garden City in December, so the Deacon staff will need to make a big push to get him on campus in the next month.

"I've only set two official visits," Jones said. "I'll be at Ole Miss on November 24th and Kansas State on December 1st. I'm looking at making my decision around mid-December. I'd like to go somewhere with a favorable depth chart at cornerback so I can come in and make an early impact. I want to be comfortable with the coaching staff as well as the campus environment."

The BroncBusters of Garden City will play their final regular season game of the year on Saturday against conference foe, Coffeyville.

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