Recruiting: Richetti Jones Hurt; Out For Year

Wednesday proved to have the highest of highs and a major low for Oklahoma State commitment Richetti Jones, the standout defensive end from Dallas (Lincoln), Texas.

During the school day at Lincoln High School a press conference and assembly were held to announce that the 6-4, 240-pound Jones had been selected to the U.S. Army All-American Game on Jan. 6, 2007, in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game pits the top 80 high school players in the nation and is nationally televised on NBC. Jones is ranked as the fourth-best defensive end in the nation and is a top 100 player, according to

During practice on Wednesday afternoon, just hours after the announcement for the U.S. Army All-American Game, Jones was going up to deflect a pass and came down awkward and his hip popped out of place. According to his grandfather, Jones was taken to Baylor Medical Center where his hip was popped back in place, but subsequent x-rays discovered a small fracture that will have to be addressed.

"He is in the hospital and is fine," said his grandfather, who has been a major influence in his life. "The doctors told him he will be fine, but he will need to have surgery on the hip on Friday. They told us that in two months he'll be back and ready to go again."

Jones, who had sensational sophomore and junior seasons racking up a large number of sacks and tackles for losses, had just over 50 tackles this season and 14 sacks following his last game on Friday, a district showdown win for Lincoln over Hillcrest. His high school career at Lincoln is over, but Jones' grandfather said the family had already been in touch with Oklahoma State and that they said the injury changes nothing, and Oklahoma State is still committed to Richetti Jones.

What is uncertain at this point is whether Jones' recovery would allow him to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game in January. That would seem unimportant to a degree as Jones has already proven himself to be an All-American performer, and the most important issue is a complete recovery for his career to extend into college and possibly beyond.

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