DeMatha wide receiver Chris Jones has a handful of offers and a bevy of big-name schools showing interest, but he hasn’t forgotten who was first to offer him.
“Maryland was first,” said Jones, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior who also has offers from UConn, Temple and Toledo. “Every time I go to Maryland it’s always great. They show me love. I’m planning to go back for a spring practice. I have a strong connection with the wide receiver coach, Lee Hull. Coach Hull and Coach [Mike] Locksley come to DeMatha from time to time.”
Jones also has a family connection to Maryland’s program. His brother Troy was a walk-on quarterback for the Terps before transferring to Nassau (N.Y.) Community College last year.
“He told me a little bit. He said it’s great, just come in ready to play and work hard,” Chris Jones said.
Jones, though, doesn’t seem to be close to making a decision. He plans to visit South Carolina next weekend and take trips to Rutgers and Michigan next month. He visited Penn State and Virginia Tech last year and also wants to make a trip South to see a school of which he grew up a fan.
“Florida State has always been my school. They have been in contact. They want me to come to one of their camps,” he said.
As a junior, Jones caught 45 passes for 800-plus yards and seven touchdowns. Though Maryland’s stacked with talented young wide receivers, the Terps offered him three months before the start of his junior season. UConn and Temple jumped on board a couple of weeks ago.
What do recruiters like about Jones’ potential?
“I’m a deep threat. I think I can spread the field out. When it comes to one-on-one coverage, I can be the guy to make a play. And I have height,” he said.
Though Maryland clearly has a headstart in his recruitment, Jones isn’t rushing it.
“Right now it’s just a tossup. I’m going to wait and make sure I find the right one,” he said. “I’m still going to keep my options open, but still keep Maryland on top.”