Cincinnati Elder junior wide receiver Josh Jones has orally committed to play football at the Unviersity of Cincinnati.
Elder coach Doug Ramsey said Jones wanted to play at UC all along and felt the timing was right for the commitment.
“I think it's good for him,” Ramsey said. “.I don't think he wanted to venture too far from home. It's a good fit.”
Jones, (6-1, 205), had 38 catches for 601 yards and six touchdowns for the Panthers last fall.
Jones is considered to be among the premier receivers in the state, according to Ohio High Magazine recruiting editor Duane Long. Jones is ranked No. 106 overall among all players in the 2009 class.
Jones, who was a Cincinnati Enquirer Division I honorable mention selection last season, also considered an offer from Indiana and interest from Big East and Mid-American Conference schools. Ramsey said Jones visited the UC campus about four or five times and really liked the coaching staff.
Ramsey said he is expecting Jones to make a significant impact this fall for Elder.
“Once he catches the ball, it's so hard to tackle him at 6-1, 205,” Ramsey said. “He is a big physical guy. But he can shake you too and make you miss.”
Elder was 7-4 overall and 1-2 in the Greater Catholic League South division in 2007.
The Panthers won four consecutive games to end the regular season and lost to Cincinnati St. Xavier in the first round of the Division I playoffs.