Missouri, which lost to UGA on Saturday, is winning some recruiting battles in its new SEC recruiting territory.
Donovahn Jones, a quarterback from Dutchtown High School, committed to Missouri over Arkansas, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Minnesota and South Florida. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder will play WR in college.
“I just fell in love with Missouri when I visited back in July. I really loved the campus and the stability of the program,” Jones said. “The fact that Missouri plays in the SEC was also very important in my decision.
”I know we had a tough lost against Georgia, but the atmosphere at Memorial Stadium was electric. I knew as I was watching the game with my family that Missouri was where I wanted to call home for the next four years.”
Jones, who is originally from the Midwest area (Illinois), is the second Dutchtown senior to commit to a D1 college, following in the footsteps of OL Jordan Harris and Middle Tennessee State.
“Donovahn told me in the 9th grade that he wanted to be the first football player at Dutchtown High School to sign a SEC scholarship and I am so proud that he has worked to accomplish that goal”, said Dutchtown assistant Terry Herrod. “It is so hard to earn the opportunity to play college football at an SEC school. It is a testament to Donovahn, his parents, and the entire Dutchtown community”.
How good is Jones? “You are talking about a kid that is 6-3, 190 punds who runs a legit 4.49 with a 39 inch vertical. Moreover, he is a great high character kid, very humble.” said Herrod.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel told the AJC a few months ago that Georgia was an important recruiting territory now that his team has joined the SEC. Missouri has assigned at least two coaches to scour the state for talent, and has offered football scholarships to 20 Georgia seniors, according to Rivals.
“We’ve done a complete analysis of players that sign with BCS schools out of Georgia, and certainly out of the Atlanta area,” Pinkel said. “The size and production of SEC and BCS is parallel to the Metroplex area in Dallas. The numbers out of Atlanta and Dallas are nearly identical. Both have great high school football.
“What you do is go down there and figure out how many players from Georgia stay in the SEC and stay in the ACC, and how many leave the state and go elsewhere to play. We’ve got data on these kinds of things. And, if anything, it’s about identifying good players and selling Missouri.
“We want to go down there with a good reputation of winning football games and graduating our athletes. It’s about marketing and developing trust … and slowly and slowly working ourselves into Georgia. We’re excited about doing that.”
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