With Mount de Sales athletic director Robert Slocum paying close attention, Cavaliers explosive wide-receiver Isaiah Jones signed with Mesa State College on Wednesday in a room filled to capacity with friends and family.
Jones, who led Mount de Sales with 23 receptions for 275 yards in 2007, chose Mesa State over Mars Hill and Valdosta State.
“Playing college football has been a dream of mine my entire life,” Jones said. “It’s just a great feeling to know my dream has come true.”
Jones, who was the lone Cavaliers player in the GISA All-Star game, is the first Mount de Sales football player to be offered a scholarship since Eric Hardison and Nathan Masters both signed with LaGrange in 2004.
Although Jones’ mother Sylvia initially wanted her son to choose a school that was a little closer to Macon than Grand Junction, Colorado, she is now fully backing her son’s decision.
“This is definitely the best place for Isaiah to go,” she said. “Isaiah was born in Colorado and had a cousin who also played football for Mesa State. I guess I’m just going to have to take a lot of flights out there to see him.”
Knowing that his lifelong dream was to play collegiate football, Jones created his own highlight tape and sent the video to more than 30 schools.
After schools watched the video, Slocum began getting calls from a number of programs inquiring about Jones.
“Isaiah is one of the hardest workers that I have ever coached, and he definitely did a lot of the leg work to make this day happen,” Slocum said. “During summer drills he would not only come to one of the mandatory workouts, but he would come to both of them.”
Although Jones led Mount de Sales in both yards and receptions his senior year, he also proved valuable as a cornerback.
With the ball rarely thrown to his side of the field, Jones totaled 12 tackles and one interception during the 2007 season leaving Mesa State wondering where to position him.
“If I was Mesa State, I wouldn’t know where to play him,” Slocum said. “Having the individualized attention that a college program is able to offer will definitely help Isaiah grow as a player. There is not a doubt in my mind that Isaiah will continue to improve on the next level.” Despite signing with Mesa State on a football scholarship, Jones will also be a member of the track and field team.