There are a few very simple reasons that Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington star running back Felix Jones (6-0, 200, 4.4) is taking a visit to the University of Arkansas on Jan. 21-23.
"First, I know they run the ball a lot and the times I have seen them play this season let me know they could use a good tailback and they are a good young team that is just a few players away from being a great team," Jones said. "I know it is a program on the build and I might like to be a part of that."
Certainly the Razorbacks would love to have him come aboard after a season in which he rushed for over 2,500 yards and scored a whopping 48 touchdowns.
For those accomplishments, Jones was named the Tulsa World's Player of the Year in the state of Oklahoma in their Sunday edition's.
Arkansas loves the player who led his team to the state finals before falling 35-22 to Midwest City Carl Albert at Tulsa's Skelly Stadium.
That was after a 13-0 regular season and a three-year mark of 37-3 - although Jones missed most of the 2003 season after suffering an ankle injury in the second game.
"We've had a quite a bit of success," said Jones, who rushed for over 800 yards as a sophomore. "We've all worked hard."
But Arkansas will have to beat Texas A&M (where he has already visited), Tennessee (Jan. 14-16) and Oklahoma State (Jan. 28-30) - all schools who want to land Jones as well.
He has recently made the decision to visit Oklahoma State last instead of taking a planned visit to LSU, where the status of head coach Nick Saban is up in the air as he ponders a move to the NFL.
"Those are all great schools and it's going to be a tough decision for me because of that," Jones said. "But I'll take all these visits and see what they are all like, where I could best fit in and where I could help the most right away and also be successful in the long run."
His visit to Texas A&M went well and his anxious to take the other three.
"I had a lot of fun there and it's a good program," Jones said. "It was a good group of guys and I got to know them and the coaches and learned more about what they are trying to do."
Ironically he took the visit to A&M on the same weekend his school's basketball team was in Fayetteville finishing second in the Holiday Hoops tournament.
"Because of football and taking that visit, I have only got to play in one basketball game so far," Jones said. "But I'll get it going soon and we are doing very well."
Jones, who had 301 yards and six touchdown in a game this season against East Central, made it clear that he will take all four visits before making a decision.
"I would be cheating myself if I didn't take a good long look at all four," Jones said. "I don't really have a favorite out of that group right now. Just tell everybody it's all even."
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