May 18, 2011

Speed nets Jones a CSU offer

When a Division I college is recruiting a young man who rushed for five yards, caught five yards worth of passes and accounted for two tackles, there must be something special about the athlete.

Such is the case with DeSoto (Texas) wide receiver Ridge Jones. While the 5-foot-10, 165-pound DeSoto, Texas, athlete may not have the statistics to warrant a second look, much less a scholarship offer, he does offer one thing few others do - a self-reported time of 4.3 in the 40-yard dash.

The track star said he has been timed at 21.5 in the 200 meters and a blazing 10.4 in the 100 meter dash.

"I think coaches like my speed and the fact I have some experience," Jones said Sunday. "I was the only one on this year's DeSoto roster who was on varsity last year. We had five D-I receivers a year ago."

Jones received his first scholarship offer from Colorado State last week, courtesy cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie. Jones is also talking to Rice and North Texas and will attend a camp at Miami for evaluation. North Texas is also trying to get him on-campus for an evaluation.

Jones said he received his offer at the end of last week and hasn't had any time to check out Colorado State for himself.

"Coach Duffie is recruiting me," Jones said. "He tells me that Colorado State has nice facilities and stuff. It wouldn't be a bad thing to get too far away from home. They offered me last week. I was happy. I was really happy."

In addition to his speed, Jones claims a bench press of 235 pounds, a squat of 305 and an 1130 on his SAT. That number compliments his 3.6 grade-point average. While his time on the field was limited a year ago, he did account for two forced fumbles and 47 yards in return yardage.


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