CU strives to keep in-state talent at home

One such prospect that Colorado is putting the full court blitz on is ThunderRidge High School offensive tackle Sam Jones out of Highland Ranch. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman is rated a three star prospect by Scout.com and the 45th ranked offensive tackle in the nation. Go "Inside" to get his thoughts on his recruitment.

Colorado Buff new Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre realizes that he and his staff will have to do a better job keeping in-state talent at home instead of allowing them to go out of state for him to accomplish all his goals in Boulder over the next few years.

One such prospect that Colorado is putting the full court blitz on is ThunderRidge High School offensive tackle Sam Jones out of Highland Ranch.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman is rated a three star prospect by Scout.com and the 45th ranked offensive tackle in the nation.

Jones currently has seven offers on the table, including ones from Colorado, Colorado State, Arizona State, Kansas State, Oregon, Oregon State and Wyoming.

BuffPlayBook.com recently caught up with Jones to get the latest on his recruiting process.

"It's exciting to see my hard work is paying off," Jones said. "I have had the opportunity to see several schools this spring, to get to know their coaching staffs a little better."

When talking favorites, it's fairly clear that there are four schools that standout for the Colorado lineman.

"Arizona State and Oregon are definitely up there," Jones said. "Colorado and Cal are two great schools also. I have been able to make several unofficial visits to Arizona State, Oregon State, Oregon and Colorado."

It appears that Colorado is pushing hard for Jones' pledge.

"They are definitely showing me a lot of interest and have shown me that I'm important to their recruiting class," Jones said of Colorado. "Getting all of the attention I have makes me feel good, I realize that I have a lot of options."

According to Jones, the standout lineman plans on making a decision before the end of the summer.

"I would like to have my decision made before the start of my senior season," Jones said. "When I'm sure, I will go ahead and pull the trigger."


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