Recruiting: More On New Commit Vic Jones

Oklahoma State's latest commitment told me he wants to go by Vic Jones in college, and the Richland, Texas linebacker says that he has been working toward an offer from Oklahoma State. In fact, we caught up with Jones for this follow up interview while he was at Richland Mall shopping for an Oklahoma State baseball cap. "I'm going to find a good one," said Jones.

Looks like he found the school of his choice? "I was sold on Oklahoma State by the facilities, the coaches, and the players," said the 6-1, 217-pound speedy linebacker.

"We sat by the quarterback (Bobby Reid) watching the film at junior day and he sold my mom. He said to my mom, 'Your son will love it at Oklahoma State. That is the best place he can be here at Oklahoma State.' That was enough for my mom. She was sold and then Coach (Todd) Bradford sold us even more. OSU is going places with the last recruiting class and the recruiting class coming up. I know that."

Jones runs a 4.54 in the 40-yard dash and plays outside linebacker in Richland's 3-4 base defense. To show you what kind of athlete he is, in track he runs the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays and also throws the shot put. That is, to say the least, an unusual combination. He also had a winning record in wrestling this past season, a sport he does really to help his linebacking ability.

"I noticed even more this spring in football how much I have learned about leverage, and how it helps me on the football field," explained Jones.

He has a 300-pound bench press max, a 400-pound squat max, can power clean 335 pounds, has a 37-inch vertical jump, and a 10-foot broad jump. Last season he earned first team All-District 5-5A with 92 tackles, 46 unassisted, 6 sacks, and a blocked punt.

"I am someone that can get to the ball with a mean attitude when I arrive," said Jones in describing his play. "I can play downhill and I can also cover east to west. I like to blitz and with my speed I can get through the line clean. Opponents started looking for me last season. I also think I handle pass coverage pretty good, too."

Jones becomes Oklahoma State's sixth verbal commitment to the 2008 recruiting class. He said he is also in good shape academically as his just received spring report card brings his overall high school GPA to 3.2.

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