Written by Michael Florek
DeSoto’s Matt Jones among athletes about to make commitments official on first day of early signing period
DeSoto guard Matt Jones’ scoring prowess led colleges to come calling when he was a sophomore. As he blossomed into the No. 35-ranked basketball recruit in his class according to Rivals.com, a number of traditional powers had offered their services.
Nearly a year ago, he ended the speculation and orally committed to Duke. But oral commitments are nonbinding. To finally end the process for good, Jones had to wait.
Wednesday, he’ll make it official, putting ink to paper and signing a national letter of intent with Duke on the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period.
“I think he’s just happy to get everything over with,” DeSoto coach Chris Dyer said.
While other student-athletes’ recruitments weren’t as lengthy or high profile, many will join Jones in signing letters of intent in different sports, including volleyball, baseball, softball and wrestling. Football players in the Class of 2013 can’t sign until Feb. 6.
The early signing period runs through Nov. 21. If a player doesn’t sign, he or she has to wait until the regular signing period opens on April 17.
Not every high-profile recruit is expected to sign this week. Plano Prestonwood’s Julius Randle, ranked the No. 2 basketball recruit in the nation by Rivals.com, and Kimball’s Keith Frazier, the No. 22 player in the country according to Rivals, are both uncommitted. They plan to wait to sign.
Jones plans to sign at a small ceremony at the school, along with DeSoto’s other signees.
Staff writers David Just and Corbett Smith contributed to this report.
Submitting signing day information
Coaches: Please email a list of players at your school who
will sign national letters of intent Wednesday to
Include in your email the sport for each player along with the player’s name, high school and college. Please send by 5 p.m. Wednesday.