The Duke coaching staff is looking to add dynamic athletes to the class of 2012 and have been scouting the country in search of potential impact players for the program. In recent years, the Blue Devils have had success with pulling players from the state of Florida, headlined by the dynamic receiving duo of Donovan Varner and Conner Vernon. In the class of 2012, Duke is already off to a great start in Florida, securing commitments from TE Erich Schneider and SAF Dwayne Norman. Ricky Jones is a 5’10” 175 pound prospect from Sarasota, Florida. The speedy slot receiver is already up to over half a dozen scholarship offers, including the Blue Devils. Jones is developing a strong relationship with the Duke coaching staff and plans to visit Durham this summer with his teammate, DB Ezra Robinson. Highlights of Jones’ 12-touchdown junior year can be viewed here.
BDN: Can you start off by describing your strengths as a player?
Some of my strengths I believe, my after the ball ability. After I catch the ball, I feel like I’m a playmaker. I have a great burst off the line of scrimmage. I’m a slot player, a slot receiver, so I’ve got great quickness and great speed.
BDN: What are some of the things you have been working on as you prepare for your senior year?
I’ve really been working on my lateral speed and stuff like that, and working on my route running.
BDN: What are your goals for your senior year?
I believe, senior year, I just want to get better and better, beat all the rest of my years and go out strong.
BDN: What are the most important things you’re looking for in a college?
First I’m looking at the offenses and what type of offense they have. And another real strong point is academic-wise, where will it take me if football doesn’t work out? Looking at the graduation rate and stuff like that.
BDN: Is there an academic field you’re interested in studying?
Not right now, I’m still seeing what I want to do after, but I just want to see like what my major would be there if I do have it.
BDN: Which schools have you had the most contact with so far?
Wake Forest is pretty strong, Duke is very strong also.
BDN: Have you had a chance to take any visits yet?
I have plans to visit, I might be going up to North Carolina to visit with Ezra Robinson, he has family up that way so we plan on visiting a lot of schools up that way.
BDN: Is North Carolina an area you’re interested in going to school, or would you prefer to be closer to home?
I have no problem with being away from home, but not too far, I don’t want to go really, really far. I have no problem with moving away from Florida, though.
BDN: Have any schools stood out to you at this point in the process, either from your visits or your relationships with the coaches?
Not really, I’m still evaluating every school and see what would be the best fit for me right now, I’ve still got almost a whole year to go.
BDN: Do you have an idea for how you would like to narrow things down and make your decision?
I believe I might be breaking it down after the summer, dropping the list from like 25 to like 15 probably, dropping down closer and closer, but I don’t have a date yet.
BDN: Thanks a lot, Ricky, and best of luck to you.