The University of Utah football program's 2009 recruiting class is off to a big start.
Vyncent Jones, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound lineman from Jordan High School, has accepted a scholarship offer to join the Utes after his senior season with the Beetdiggers. He plans to make it official by signing a letter of intent next February.
"If anybody else offered me, I probably wouldn't pick them over Utah," said Jones, who also drew interest from Colorado and BYU. "I've always wanted to be a Ute. So it's my dream come true."
The first-team all-stater is the son of Wayne Jones, a former Utah offensive lineman who went on to play for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. The chance to play where his father did weighed heavily in his decision.
"It takes a lot of stress off of me," said Jones. "Now I can get prepared and focused on this season. I don't have to worry about where I'm going to college."
Jones noted that being able to commit this early is both exciting and fantastic."I'm very honored that they actually wanted me to come play for them, and I'm happy that I'm the first guy to commit (for 2009)," he explained. "They said I was their No. 1 guy that they were looking at for the lineman position."