St. Petersburg’s David Jones wanted to go to a school that was not only competitive in football but also had an outstanding and well-deserved reputation for academics.
He found the best of both worlds during his visit to Richmond this weekend and committed to become a Spider.
“I thought it was a great academic school that plays great football,” Jones said. “I really liked everything about it when I was there.”
Richmond is a Div. I-AA school that plays in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Jones was a versatile star for the Green Devils, playing nearly every skill position and racking up yards in a variety of ways. In his senior season he had 875 yards rushing, 337 receiving and scored 13 touchdowns. On defense, he had 93 tackles and recorded three interceptions.
He worked just as hard in the classroom with a 4.2 weighted GPA in mostly honors and advanced placement classes. That got the attention of some prestigious universities, such as Georgetown and Harvard.
Jones visited Tennessee-Chattanooga before taking his trip to Richmond.
Though he shined on offense, Jones will play as a safety with the Spiders. He also might see time on special teams.
“My family went up with me on my visit, and we all talked it over before making my decision,” Jones said. We all agreed it was a great fit for me.”