Jones favoring Sun Devils

Sam Jones is eyeing an early decision and currently has all of his suitors are trailing Arizona State. A pair of visits this weekend could very likely determine his ultimate school of choice. Devils Digest talked to the Highlands Ranch (Colo.) offensive lineman about his recruitment picture.

"I've been in contact with Arizona State for about three, four months now," Jones stated. "When I went to their Junior Day a couple of months ago I got the offer. I really liked the facilities there and I know that they are renovating the stadium so that will be really nice. But the best thing was just sitting down with the coaches and talking to them face to face, because I like those coaches a lot.

"Coach Lanning is recruiting me and they are the school that is recruiting me the hardest. I get a lot of handwritten letters from him which is different from other schools and we have a great relationship. I also really like the academic support and it's one of the best in the country. Being that it's such a big school they got every major you can imagine to choose from."

The 6-5 275-pound Sam Jones was named All-State following his junior season at Thunderridge High School. The Grizzlies finished with an 11-2 record and were eliminated in the 5A state semifinals.

"The coaches said that they like how aggressive I play," Jones described. "They said I do a good job at the point of attack and I can also block really well downfield. One thing I really like about ASU is that they will give me a shot at playing tackle. Other schools are looking at me as a guard but I play tackle in high school. They think I'm athletic enough to play the position.

"Watching them play I really like the offense and the system they run there."

Colorado, Colorado State, Wyoming, Oregon and Oregon State are Jones' other offers to date.

"I like Arizona State the most because they will give me a shot at tackle," Jones explained, "and also a shot at playing early either as a freshman or redshirt freshman which is really nice. Obviously I will have to earn a spot but they are going to give me a shot. I really like those coaches there a lot and they are recruiting me the hardest. I would love to play for them.

"The weekend of the 26th I'm visiting both Oregon Schools. I want to see how they both compare to ASU and then make a decision pretty soon after that visit. I just want to visit all the schools that offered me until now, because if I get an offer later on, which I probably will, then I know I'm not no. 1 on their board like I am with the other schools. If I was their no. 1 they would have already offered me. Those schools don't want me as much as the schools that already offered me."

Here are highlights of Jones' junior season:


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