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At first, St. Petersburg defensive back David Jones wanted to play for a Division I program. That did not happen, but Jones never wavered from what he wanted from a college at any level.
He wanted a strong academic school where he could also shine as a player.
Jones got both with Division I-AA Richmond and signed with the school on Wednesday.
“It was my dream to play Division I and be on television all the time,” Jones said. “But there are a lot guys from smaller schools who go on to play at a higher level.”
Jones signed in front of a large crowd filled with teachers and classmates.
“I wanted everyone to see me and try to motivate them,” Jones said. “I wanted to show them that if they get the work done in the classroom and work hard on the football field, good things will happen.”
Sitting beside him were his parents, Nycole and Mike Jones, who made academics a priority with David.
“This day was as much for them as it was for me,” said Jones, who has a 4.2 weighted GPA. “My parents are a little sad because they’re used to me being home. But there also excited and happy about my decision.”