After losing its SEC opener to Georgia at home Saturday, the Missouri Tigers got some good news Tuesday as they picked up a commitment from one of the top athletes in Georgia. Donovahn Jones (Dutchtown, Ga./Dutchtown), who held 20 FBS offers at four different positions -- quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback and safety -- committed to Missouri as a wide receiver.
"It feels good to be a Tiger," Jones said. "I told Coach [David] Yost, Coach [Alex] Grinch and Coach [Andy] Hill that I was excited about the chance to compete in the best conference in college, and they said they cannot wait to get me back on campus."
The No. 67 prospect in Georgia, Jones picked Missouri over offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Minnesota and USF.
"I just fell in love with Missouri when I visited back in July," he said. "I really loved the campus and the stability of the program. The fact that Missouri plays in the SEC was also very important in my decision. I know we had a tough loss 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 said he is excited about making the transition from quarterback and defensive back in high school to wide receiver in college.
"I am looking forward to getting there next year, learning the ins and outs of the wide receiver position and trying to contribute as fast as I can," he said.
Jones' decision to leave the Southeast should not come as a surprise.
"I am from Rockport, Ill.," Jones said. "My mother still resides there. Although I have grown up in Atlanta and love the South, I am really a Midwest type of guy at heart."
Upon his arrival in high school, Jones told Dutchtown assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Terry Herrod he had set his sights high.
“Donovahn told me in the ninth 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,” Herrod said. “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.”
In addition to playing football, Jones was second-team all-state in basketball in his junior year, leading the Bulldogs in scoring with an average of 20 points per game.
"Athletically, Donovahn is as good as anyone to ever come out of the Southern Crescent area,” Herrod said. “You are talking about a kid that is 6-foot-3 190 pounds with a 39-inch vertical. Moreover, he is a great high character kid, very humble."
Jones is the second Dutchtown football player to commit to a FBS school this year. Offensive lineman Jordan Harris chose Middle Tennessee in July.