"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."
"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: