It took a lot longer than expected. It was a lot harder than expected. But in the end, the result was exactly what Oklahoma wanted.
Saraland (Ala.) High wide receiver Velus Jones announced Friday evening he has officially flipped his commitment from USC to the Sooners.
Jones, a three-star prospect, has clearly been the apple of OU’s eye since getting offered Nov. 1. A great official visit to Norman later that month seemed to have almost wrapped him up.
Jones was expected to announce in mid-December before electing to hold off. Committed to the Trojans since April, he wanted to give USC a shot. He did just that, visiting the campus last weekend.
Throughout this week, it was back and forth as some thought he would reaffirm his pledge to the Trojans, while others thought he would flip to the Sooners.
OU, in desperate need of help at wide receiver for this class, earns a major addition here with Jones, who says he wants to be the next Sterling Shepard for the Sooners.
Despite being from Alabama, Jones actually has family close to Oklahoma City. They accompanied him on his visit to OU, and they will no doubt be by his side as he makes the transition to Norman.
Jones is OU’s third commitment in the last 26 hours as the Sooners have begun to strike back on the recruiting trail after a rough last weekend.
Joining Jones is Lawrence (Kan.) High defensive end Amani Bledose (No. 185 in the Scout 300), who committed Thursday afternoon. Snowed in because of Winter Storm Jones, Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna Community College outside linebacker Kapri Doucet was unable to visit Norman this weekend but decided to commit anyway Friday afternoon.
Jones gives OU the type of threat at receiver it had been searching for since the spring. The Sooners have been so close but so far with a number of top receiver targets.
Jones was recruited to USC by offensive coordinator Tee Martin, and Jones decided to give the Trojans a shot, but OU was able to turn the tide for good in the last 48 hours.
Schools like Tennessee and Michigan were also in play for Jones, whose stock exploded once his senior film was released.