Ronald Jones Checks Out Oklahoma State

It was a first as far as my history of covering recruiting in this region. McKinney North standout running back Ronald Jones traveled with his family during spring break last week to just outside Stillwater to camp at Lake Carl Blackwell. Jones' sister attends Oklahoma State and he was anxious to make an unofficial visit to check out the Cowboys football program.

Jones attended spring practice and had plenty of opportunity to check out all the facilities and the campus itself, including academic opportunities. He said he liked what he saw as he has seen several schools already.

"I really like it, Oklahoma State," Jones said. "I had a chance to meet coach (Mike) Gundy and I hasn't had that opportunity until this trip. Coach (Jemal) Singleton and I have established a relationship and he showed me around and so did coach (Mike) Groce (assistant recruiting coordinator).

"I had a chance to meet the players like Devon Thomas, the running back they signed this year, and I can see myself playing in that offense. I think it really fits me. My sister goes there, so she is really pushing it."

There aren't many offenses that wouldn't fit Jones as the 6-0, 185-pound speedster rushed for 2,406 yards and 39 touchdowns last season. He averaged a whopping 9.9 yards per carry and helped the Bulldogs to the second round of the Class 4A Division I playoffs. He was the offensive standout in District 13-4A.

His sister is a junior and she is majoring in Journalism. Jones said she leans to the news side as she has an interest in natural disasters.

As for the camping trip, it wasn't a disaster although it was natural. Jones admitted that when we tried to reach him last week he was still camping out and that he was chasing ducks when we called.

"The camping wasn't what I signed up for; the trip to Oklahoma State was," Jones said laughing.

If anybody was going to catch ducks out at Lake Carl Blackwell, Jones would be one that would have a chance. He is running track this spring.

Jones has a very impressive offer list that besides Oklahoma State includes Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Ohio State, Texas, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and USC.

He said he would keep us updated as events continue during his recruitment.

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