K-State Vying For Jones

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State is making a play for talented offensive lineman Sam Jones of ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. The staff received a commitment from Dalton Risner, a friend of Jones, in early March. They're hoping the connection pays off in landing the 6-foot-5, 280-pound tackle who was named first team All-State as a junior and claims a dozen D-1 offers.

"I was actually in Eugene for the Oregon Spring Game when I received a call from Coach Cox letting me know I had an offer from Kansas State," said Jones. "A week later he came to my school and I got to sit down and talk with him. He said they liked what they saw on my tape with my physicality and athleticism.

"It was real exciting to receive the offer. I'm going to try to get up there with my buddy, Dalton, in the next month or two."

Although he's being heavily recruited by Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, and Oregon State, Jones said he's still in the process of weighing his options and is in no rush to commit.

"I'm looking for the opportunity to play early and play tackle," he explained to KStateFans.com. "I'd like to play for a program where there's high academics at the university. I'm looking into Business as a major, but most colleges have decent Business Schools. As far as location, I'm pretty open about that as long as I feel like I'm going to the right place."

ThunderRidge started the season with a loss in 2012 but reeled off 11 consecutive wins in route to the 5A state semifinals where they fell to Valor Christian. It was a big year for Jones who made a smooth transition from right to left tackle prior to his junior season.

"I'd say I definitely improved on my technique from my sophomore to my junior year," Jones said. "Moving to the other side of the line wasn't a big deal for me. It helped that I git bigger and stronger in the off-season."

Jones said he'd like to narrow down his list soon, but after he's able to make unofficial visits to most of the colleges that have offered him this far. He received his first offer in December of 2012 from Colorado State.

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