Jones Commits During Sun Devil Visit

For a while now ASU has been tracking the play of 6-2 275 Ottis Jones. Their persistent recruiting efforts were ultimately not in vain. The Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger defensive tackle tripped to Tempe this past weekend, and got an offer from the maroon and gold within hours of his arrival. Thus, while still on his visit, he decided to pledge to ASU and he couldn't be happier with his decision.

"It was a real cool visit. I liked hanging out with the linemen and the coaches," said Ottis Jones. "The way they have everything planned out in the program impressed me. All you have to do is come here and play." Jones was hosted by Safety Jeremy Payton and Cornerback Omar Bolden.

Jones had a visit planned to Oregon next week, but indicated that his commitment is solid to the maroon and gold. "I'm very happy to be going to ASU," he remarked.

Devils Digest also talked to Ralph Oliver, Leuzinger's recruiting coordinator, who was instrumental in the recruiting process for his defensive lineman. "ASU noticed him last year when they were recruiting the Norco Linemen (Garth Gerhart and Adam Tello) because Ottis played very well against them," Oliver recalled. "Not many players pushed those Norco linemen around. Coach Yarber from ASU has been recruiting him all year, and he was one of the coaches that recruited him consistently."

"All of coaches were wavering on him, but ASU was consistent. That's why when he went there he knew that he was gonna commit when offered. I figured it was just a matter of time until Arizona State would offer him and they did on his first day of the visit."

Oliver tallied 73 tackles, seven sacks and two fumble recoveries for the 6-5 Olympians. "He's a very high ceiling kid, he's only been playing football for two years," said Oliver about Jones' skills. "He has a lot of un-reached potential. He's the strongest guy on our team – he benches 345. He's very athletic and has a strong desire to make plays. He could use some work on his pad level."

Iowa State was the only other school Jones visited, aside from ASU. Colorado, Nevada, Washington State all offered. Oregon was believed to offer a scholarship to him on a scheduled visit next week. "I felt he was a Pac-10 guy all along," said Oliver. "He always let it be known that he wanted to play in the Pac-10 and play against schools close to home."

Oliver noted that Jones is on track to academically qualify.

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