One-on-One With Ronald Jones

Ronald Jones was a guest on the Triple Play Sports Radio Network early Monday afternoon. The 6-0, 185-pound Jones, a four-star recruit who is considered one of the top running back prospects in the country, made a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State on Sunday before heading home to McKinney, Texas after being in Stillwater to view Saturday's Orange Blitz, the Cowboys' open football practice.

Jones rushed for 2,406 yards and 39 touchdowns last season in helping to lead McKinney North to the Class 4A playoffs.

Jones made his commitment to the Cowboys after receiving offers from the likes of Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon, and USC. Virtually every school in the Big 12 had offered Jones.

Here is our conversation with the marquee recruiting pledge.

In your time going through the recruiting process with all the offers and attention, how did it go for you?
Jones: You know it was an honor and a blessing to receive scholarship offers from outstanding programs like Alabama, Oregon, and Ohio State, just to mention a few. You know when it came down to it I had to look at the coaching staff that I trust the most, and the opportunity for playing time at Oklahoma State was something that I really liked.

You were visiting Oklahoma State on your spring break and doing some family bonding with a camping trip.
= Jones: Yes, it was pretty cool that we camped out at Lake (Carl) Blackwell and it is actually owned by Oklahoma State University, which I did not know at the time. I had a great time, but I was mainly focused on getting the football aspect of things and not the camping.

[Kiddingly] Yes, I think there is an option for living arrangements to live on campus in the apartments or you can live in a cabin at Lake Carl Blackwell.
Jones: [laughing] I think I would rather stay on campus.

As far as the football aspect, you got a good look over spring break and you were back this past weekend with the Orange Blitz. Talk us through the decision on how you came to deciding on Oklahoma State.
Jones: Yes, I was really kind of pressured by a lot of schools to commit early and they were like, "guys are taking these spots and you need to come on board and do this." Oklahoma State, their staff was laid back, much like myself, and they let me ease my way through the process and that is why I chose them.

You had also said you enjoyed getting to know players and you spent time watching Tyreek Hill last weekend. You have kind of already gone through the process of envisioning how you will fit in.
Jones: Yes sir, and I talked to guys like Mason Rudolph and Devon Thomas. You know, he was a great running back that they signed last year. They love it up there already and they have come in as new freshmen. I like the campus life when I get on there.

How would you describe yourself as a player?
Jones: I think I wouldn't consider myself as a bruiser. I would consider myself as a speedster. I like to make quick cuts and get north and south, not too much dancing and not too much flashiness. I like to get to the end zone as quick as I can.

,i>You are also a recruit that gets a lot of attention and a lot of other players know you and who you are. You can be the kind of recruit, like Mason Rudolph was in last year's class, that gets other recruits to think of committing and getting on board in the OSU class.
Jones: You know that is great and any way I can help out my future teammates. I'm actually recruiting guys, guys that are listed in the top five looking at Oklahoma State. You know I'm recruiting for my team. I hope I can do that and bring in some linemen, receivers, defensive backs. If guys are interested in Oklahoma State then I'm definitely going to recruit for my team.

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