Last Saturday in Stillwater, 2018 safety prospect Wayne Jones of Owasso, Oklahoma was one of the many unofficial visitors that saw the Oklahoma State Cowboys knock off Texas 49-31. Jones left Stillwater with a souvenir and he was offered a scholarship by Cowboy football.
The 6-1, 195-pound Jones is an excellent athlete and I was impressed with what I saw in a Thursday night 43-0 shutout win at Putnam City against P.C. North. Neither Jones or the Rams were stressed much as they improved their record to 2-4.
I was most impressed by all the roles they had Jones performing at safety and also on offense. On defense he was used in blitzes, in both man and zone coverages, and he was excellent in reading the offense and coming up fast in run support.
Jones has a good knack for reading where the ball is going and he often beats players to the ball that are in the area when he is coming from a third or more across the field. On offense, he caught several passes but a physical player he was very impressive in his blocking.
"He's an unselfish player and a good kid," Owasso principal Matt Roberts told me on the sidelines. "I think he is going to be a really good player for somebody. I think he was excited about the offer (from Oklahoma State) but he is getting lots of attention and I know he is heading over the Arkansas on Saturday to watch Alabama and Arkansas."
As we reported when learning of his scholarship offer last weekend, Jones also has offers from Illinois, Arkansas State, New Mexico, and Texas-San Antonio. Arkansas is one of those school that is showing interest.
Jones has been on the radar for awhile as he had 56 tackles and two interceptions last season as a sophomore starter for the Rams. It will be interesting how much interest he gets. There is no doubt about him looking like he very much belongs on the field.