Football coaches across America will be anxiously pacing the floors today as recruits make their college choices official. Gardener Webb will be expecting to hear from Union County wide-receiver, Kalay Jones.
“We’ll be waiting by the fax machine,” said recruiting coach Kyle Dickerson during an interview with the Union Daily Times.
National Signing Day has grown to be a media frenzy of rumors, teases and hype that keeps fans, coaches, staff and students on edge waiting to see who will or will not commit to a certain team.
As part of the pageantry, Jones, a 6’3 185-pound wide-receiver, will sign a national letter of intent during a press conference. Since college coaches are not allowed to be present during the event, the signed NLI is then faxed to the university, a rule that was designed to alleviate some of the pressure that recruits felt on National Signing Day.
Dickerson said that while it’s never a sure a thing until recruits put the pen to paper, he feels confident that next year Jones will be wearing a Running Bulldogs jersey.
“Kalay made a connection with one of our verteran receivers, Kenny Cook, and I had the opportunity to build a relationship with him, his parents and Coach (Steve) Taneyhill,” said Dickerson. “I think he’ll be a great addition to our program and I hope I have the opportunity to coach him.”
Jones had 68 catches for 1,194 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, helping Union County to a AAA-III State Championship appearance.