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Houston a player for JC CB Riyahd Jones

9/18/2012

Junior college cornerback Riyahd Jones (Garden City, Kan./Garden City Community College) picked up his fourth offer on Monday, and it’s an offer that he said rivals his previous favorite.

Jones scored an offer from Houston, and the 6-foot, 185-pound Georgia Southern transfer said Houston is now in the same conversation as Kansas State. He said he’s excited about Houston’s BCS potential as it joins the Big East Conference next season.

“They’re really neck and neck right now,” Jones said of Houston and Kansas State. “I like Houston because they’re going to the Big East, a new stadium’s being built and because of the atmosphere there. Houston is a little better than Manahattan, Kan., atmosphere-wise. It’s the fourth-largest city in America, and if I get hurt, I can find a job there.

“I came from Georgia Southern. When I left, I said wanted to play in a big conference. With Houston going to the Big East, that’s a big upgrade for me.”

Originally from Columbus, Ga., Jones played high school ball at Carver High School. He originally committed to Kentucky out of high school but ultimately signed with Georgia Southern, an FCS power. He left Georgia Southern after one season and went to Garden City in an effort to hone his skills for a shot at a BCS school.

Jones, who said Houston’s 0-3 start isn't a factor in his interest, is being recruited by Cougars defensive backs coach Zac Spavital, who paid him a heavy compliment during a campus visit Monday.

“He likes the way I play and said he doesn’t look at me as a juco prospect; he said he looks at me as an NFL prospect,” Jones said. “He said I have all the tools to make it in the NFL and that I can come in and play immediately at Houston.

“We flew on the same flight from Texas to the Garden. He knew who I was on the plane, but he never said anything to me. I met him [Monday], and that’s when he offered me at school.”

Jones has offers from Houston, Kansas State, Toledo and Louisiana-Lafayette. He also has interest from Oklahoma State and Georgia. Jones took an unofficial visit to Georgia over the weekend and gave the visit “two thumbs up.”

“That’s my dream school,” Jones said. “It’s in my home state, and my girlfriend runs track there. It was my first time meeting with the whole staff. I had a good time.”