Chris Jones, a wide receiver from Hyattsville (DeMatha Catholic), Md., became the 13th member of Wisconsin's 2014 recruiting class Wednesday. Jones, a three-star prospect listed at 6'3 and 190 pounds, is the nation's 51st-ranked receiver and ninth-ranked prospect out of Maryland for 2014, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.
Jones will join current DeMatha teammate, running back Taiwan Deal, in Madison. Deal committed to the Badgers in June.
Jones' recruitment came down to Wisconsin and Maryland. His head coach, Elijah Brooks, told 247Sports that Wisconsin receivers coach Chris Beatty made the difference in Jones choosing the Badgers.
"It was down to two schools, Wisconsin and Maryland," Brooks told [247Sports national insider Steve] Wiltfong. "He loved them both. But from day one, Coach Beatty, the position coach from Wisconsin has shown how valuable Chris can be to the Wisconsin program. That connection made Chris want to make his decision so he could move forward with the season."
Last season, Jones caught 45 passes for 800 yards and seven touchdowns. He's also the first receiver commit for UW's 2014 commit. He had an official visit to Madison scheduled for the Oct. 25 bye week. That's one difference between Gary Andersen's philosophies and those of former head coach Bret Bielema, who wouldn't accept commits unless they had visited Madison.
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