Monday, January 24, 2022 / by Global Marketing
Every once in a while you meet someone with a story you just can’t quite believe. But you believe them because you trust them, it’s just their story so unheard of you can’t believe it happened to someone - and that someone is Devin Jones. ??
Devin grew up in the St. Augustine, FL area, made great grades, played sports, had a lot of fun with friends. This isn’t the part of his story that sticks out so much because that story sounds like what a lot of folks experience. ??
When Devin was finishing high school and applying to colleges he knew he definitely wanted to attend an SEC school. You see, his father played football for the Georgia Bulldogs (yes, those Georgia Bulldogs) so you’d think he’d naturally go there. Most people would think he’d be a UGA legacy. ?? ?
Or maybe, since he lived in Florida (remember those great grades?), the University of Florida would be a great option (yes, these Florida Gators). The weather would be the same, he wouldn't need a new driver’s license or anything like that, and it is far enough from his hometown he could enjoy college but close enough he could get back home easily. ??
So going into his senior year of high school, Devin applied to all - yes, A L L - 14 SEC universities.
He was accepted by 12 of the 14 which is an absolutely incredible achievement!
And this is where you’ll just kind of turn your head to the side, furrow your brow a little with confusion, and shake your head in disbelief.??
Devin was accepted to:
- Auburn University
- University of Mississippi
- Mississippi State University
- University of South Carolina
- University of Kentucky
- Texas A&M University
- University of Arkansas
- University of Missouri
- University of Tennessee
- Louisiana State University
- University of Alabama
- and even Vanderbilt University (11.4% acceptance rate FYI)
Count em, that’s 12 SEC schools. Notice the SEC schools not on the list - that you figure should have been on his Acceptance List… ??
He was not - repeat, N O T - accepted into the University of Georgia or the University of Florida. ? ?? ? ? ??
While we’re not on the application review boards or committees of those 2 schools, we thought it was pretty unbelievable that someone could get accepted to every SEC school including Vanderbilt, but NOT the SEC school where his dad played football - OR - the SEC school in his home state which was less than 2 hours away from where he grew up! ??
How on earth did this happen?
Who knows why or how…
What we do know is you will not find someone with a better attitude about it than Devin Jones. He tells the story with humor, grace, and a smile. UGA and UF weren’t the schools where he was supposed to go even if we might think differently, and he’s totally ok with it and how everything has worked out for him.
He settled on the University of Alabama where he enrolled and got his degree majoring in Finance. Shortly after graduating he went to work for Bryant Bank where he took care of some of their high-profile clients, ensuring all their financial needs were in order. That’s where he honed his skills to manage money, clients, transactions, and very important details. ??
And that brings us to where we are today - Devin somehow missing the SEC school where he should have been a natural legacy, and also the SEC school closest to his home - to move to Tuscaloosa and receive his degree. So he then gets into banking and now real estate so he can use his skills and talents to impact more people each and every day.
We couldn’t be any happier or more thankful to have Devin on our team! You won’t find someone more creative and easier to talk to and more driven to succeed than Devin Jones. ??
If you’ve got questions or if you’ve even thought about a real estate topic (home sales prices, mortgage rates, trends in our market, buying or selling) give Devin a call or text him.
C A L L • D E V I N ??