CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Cabell Midland senior Kurt Jones wasted little time in deciding to play his college football at West Virginia State, the same school that didn't show any interest prior to December.
"I didn't get a single thing from the old coaching staff actually," said Jones, an offensive guard and tackle for the Knights. "I got a lot of looks from D-II, and the Midwest, but State came out of nowhere.
"Like a thief in the night. One minute, nothing, then the next thing you know, I'm signing there. It's pretty crazy."
Jones is part of the first recruiting class for first-year Coach Jon Anderson who received signed letters during Wednesday's Letter of Intent day.
Anderson was hired in December to jumpstart the struggling program.
His plan was to reach a lot of West Virginia prep players and establish an identity with some of the top talent in the Mountain State.
Jones is on that list, as is St. Albans running back Drew Kirby.
Playing guard for Cabell Midland, the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Jones played his first two seasons under Coach Chip McMillian and his last two under Coach Luke Salmons.
During his junior and senior seasons, Jones' Knights were 4-2 in the playoffs, reaching the Class AAA title game where they fell to Martinsburg.
Under Salmons, Jones said Cabell Midland practiced like a college team and prepared like a college team.
"He runs a college workout plan, he does everything exactly like college football," Jones said of Salmons. "There are a lot of us going to play college football and none of us will be surprised about anything."