Instead of being on a Tulsa television station Sunday night to announce his decision, Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington tailback Felix Jones was instead home watching KTUL sports show You Make the Call.
Jones (6-0, 200, 4.4), the Tulsa World's Oklahoma Player of the Year, looked on as the announcers sit behind a table featuring hats of the four schools he has been considering - Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.
"I felt bad about it, but I just wasn't ready yet," Jones said. "I just had to think about it some more and choose the school that is the best for me. I have to be sure I am making the right decision."
That decision will come from the first three schools mentioned as he did not take a planned official trip to Oklahoma State this weekend.
That was due in part for the fact that he had a basketball game on Saturday night and because OSU refused to put an offer on the table before he came and showed sincere interest.
"So it's just those three, which are all good schools and who have all done a great job recruiting me," Jones said. "I'm anxious to get it over with."
Jones rushed for over 2,500 yards this season and had a whopping 48 touchdowns, a senior season that happened a junior campaign that was ended early by injury.
"I think I came back and showed everybody I was healthy and just what type of player I am," Jones said. "I know I can compete at the highest level."
He admits the process has been tiring and he is looking forward to Wednesday morning, when he make his decision known at the Tulsa Board of Education building at either 9 or 11 a.m.
"The exciting part of it that you get all the attention and it really is a once-in-a-lifetime deal," Jones said. "It really is an honor that so many people want you to come play for them or care about where you are going.
"But it is also tough in that everybody wants to know where you are going and you have to answer the same questions over and over and over again," Jones continued. "Even when I go to school and go up and down the halls, all the kids are asking. At least at basketball practice, I can get away from it all."
Jones, who visited Arkansas officially on Jan. 21-23, will at least be out of the house on Tuesday night when Booker T. battles Tulsa Memorial on the hardwood.
"I'll get a break," Jones said. "Then I can sign on Wednesday and that will be the end of it."
Of course, he had a home visit with Arkansas before a game last Tuesday and one with Texas A&M after the contest on the same night. Tennessee was then in his home on Thursday.
While coaches can keep calling during this time, they'll be nobody on his doorstep.
"Just time to think it all over will be nice," Jones said.
For the record, Jones refuted some internet rumors that have popped up lately.
Were you waiting on Roy Upchurch, who chose Alabama over Arkansas on Monday, to make a decision?
"No," Jones said. "I just wasn't ready."
Are you waiting to see who else commits at either Arkansas, Tennessee or Texas A&M?
"Nope," Jones said. "That doesn't have anything to do with anything."
Have you indicated you are leaning one way or another to any of the coaches, such as the rumor you are leaning toward Tennessee?
"No, I hadn't heard that and haven't said anything to anybody," Jones replied.
Jones then laughed.
"This stuff gets crazy," Jones said. "But it will all be over soon."
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