It’s that time of year in recruiting. Nothing is 100 percent solid until the letter of intent is faxed. Saraland (Ala.) High wide receiver Velus Jones, who flipped his commitment to Oklahoma from USC on Friday night, has now switched it back to the Trojans.
Jones, a three-star prospect, announced his decision via Twitter on Saturday afternoon and deleted his original OU commitment tweet from Friday evening.
A source with USCFootball.com also confirmed Jones’ intention, negating any hope from OU fans that Jones’ Twitter account had been hacked.
Jones was committed to USC since April, but it looked like the Sooners had become the team to beat following an offer on Nov. 1 and a great official visit later that month.
Jones gave the Trojans an opportunity to sway him back last weekend on an official visit, and it was a legit back and forth affair between USC coaches and OU coaches the last couple of weeks.
The Sooners thought they had won the war, but since Jones’ tweet Saturday, OU coaches Lincoln Riley and Bob Stoops have both deleted the tweets with the “254” area code where Jones is from.
OU is now down to one receiver commitment in Houston Spring Dekaney three-star prospect Adrian Hardy, who earned his third star from Scout on Friday.
The Sooners had the pledge of four-star juco receiver Ryan Parker but have decided to go in another direction at this time with Parker. The door is not completely shut, but it will take some time before things get cleared there.
If Jones does indeed stick with the Trojans, it’s a major loss for the Sooners and a terrible running theme of OU being the second choice for one top receiver after another.
But since there’s still another full week til the dead period, you know OU will be searching high and low to attempt to find the next game-changer at receiver.