Ronald Jones Opens Up Recruiting

If there was a flagship commit in the Oklahoma State recruiting class it would have to be McKinney North High School standout running back Ronald Jones II. Now the Cowboys find themselves in a position of having to battle back in recruiting Jones as he announced on his Twitter page that he has de-committed. He has not committed to any other school, just opened up his recruiting.

The ultra talented runner that compiled 2,008 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns this season for the Bulldogs made an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State with his mother, aunt, and sister this summer and made an early commitment to the Cowboys, and then proceeded to really show of during his senior season.

Jones asked OSU head coach Mike Gundy earlier this fall if he could take a couple of official visits to Los Angeles to see USC and then also to Notre Dame. He wanted to see some schools as part of recruiting. He had to keep pushing those trips back as McKinney North kept advancing in the playoffs until they lost Dec. 5 to Tyler John Tyler 64-40. In that game Jones still rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

The trip to USC was over the rest of the weekend and somewhat shortened. But this weekend he went on a full trip to Notre Dame. The Irish running backs coach is Tony Alford, a coach I know well and an excellent recruiter that used to bring in big time players for Dan McCarney at Iowa State.

No details on exactly what caused Jones to change his mind, but his recruiting is now open. One thing that did happen over the last week was an inordinate amount of Twitter traffic directed at Jones from USC and Notre Dame fans and even some people that cover those schools in recruiting. The amount of fans tweeting at prospects is an interesting dilemma in recruiting for coaches.

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