Recruiting: Richetti Headlines Class of 2007

Richetti Jones is one of the flagship signees for the Oklahoma State signing class on Wednesday. The Dallas (Lincoln), Texas standout is one of seven four-star recruits to sign with the Cowboys, and a major reason the OSU class is ranked among the top 25 in the nation.

The 6-4, 240-pound defensive end/linebacker – and 19 other high school standouts from across the nation – made if official on National Signing Day by faxing their letters of intent to Oklahoma State. Jones, a four-star recruit who is ranked as the ninth-best defensive end prospect in the nation, said he can't wait to arrive in Stillwater.

"I'm ready to get there and get started," Jones told Go Pokes Executive Editor Robert Allen during an interview on the Triple Play Sports Radio network on Wednesday.

Some people are comparing the signing of Jones to that of current Cowboy quarterback Bobby Reid, and claiming that the Dallas (Lincoln), Texas, standout is one of the most prolific defensive players to sign with OSU in many years.

"I take it as a compliment but I want to come to Oklahoma state and establish my own name," said Jones. "So when another top recruit signs with Oklahoma State (in the future), they'll say he's the equivalent of Richetti Jones. I'm honored that people are comparing my signing to Bobby's signing, but I want to extend his."

Jones is one of two members of this year's signing class to be involved in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Game. Jones was selected to play but couldn't because of a hip injury, while offensive lineman Nick Martinez of Floresville, Texas, was named as a late replacement in the January game.

"It was a dream of mine to be an All-American," said Jones, who had surgery after suffering a broken hip last fall and has begun the rehabilitation process. "I know that when I come to Stillwater, though, that I'll be starting all over. I'll need to adjust to the game – the speed, the strength, everything – because being a (U.S. Army) All-American I plan on coming in and representing."

Jones says there was some divine intervention to his decision to selecting Oklahoma State. "I prayed to God to give me a sign and I had a dream about playing for Oklahoma State on one of my visits up there. When I had a dream about it, that was it, it was a done deal."

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