One of the nation's top running back prospects, McKinney North High School's Ronald Jones, made the trip to Stillwater on Tuesday, and he is staying over to tour facilities and talk with coaching staff on Wednesday. Jones rushed for 2,406 yards and 39 touchdowns last season in leading the Bulldogs to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Jones was at the practice with family. It has been reported that he has an older sister that is an Oklahoma State student.
Jones picked up eight new scholarship offers last week and is now up to a bunch. Oklahoma State is joined in that category by Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Colorado, Colorado State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Oregon State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Texas, and USC.
Of course, we told you Monday that although he is listed as a receiver that speedster Tyreek Hill, now on his way to New Mexico for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships to run the 200-yard dash, worked out at running back. We knew he was going to play some at both positions.
Head coach Mike Gundy said early in the spring, especially these non-contact workouts, is a good time to try players out in different spots.
"I think so. We do some of that, but for the most part, we have a good idea where our players are going to compete," Gundy explained. "We try to get them in those positions and improve them. We feel like the reps give them the best chance to improve in the spring and the summer and then get ready for the fall."
Red-shirt freshman Dawson Bassett is 6-4 and approaching 230 pounds. While listed as a linebacker, Bassett is working as a defensive end. While over there with the defensive linemen it is also important to know that Vili Levini is 6-3 and now listed at 270 pounds, and coaches said that while he is quick enough to play defensive end, he is also now strong enough to see some duty at defensive tackle.