Jones to Lead Sooners in to the Future

One of the most exciting recruits to pick up for any fan or coach at the collegiate level is that next signal caller to lead your team into battle on a weekly basis. In March, Oklahoma picked up great prospect to lead them into the future in Landry Jones, a young man who couldn't be more excited to get on campus at Norman.

New Mexico isn't where you would expect a future Oklahoma quarterback to be from, however Artesia, N.M., native Landry Jones did give his verbal pledge to the Sooners back in March, giving them an outstanding prospect to develop for the future. Right now the 6-foot-5, 215-pound quarterback has been spending most of his time working with his teammates and improving his game, something the Oklahoma staff should be excited to hear.

"I just got back from visiting some family in Oklahoma," Jones stated. "My cousins live in Tulsa and my grandparents live in Granite, so that did play some part in my decision. It wasn't a big part of why I chose Oklahoma, but it is nice to know I can stop by for a home cooked meal or just to be with family once in a while if I feel like it."

"Right now I have just been spending most of my time working out with my teammates and one of my coaches," Jones added. "I start throwing at 7 a.m. everyday and then do footwork drills and work on my release with one of my coaches. We lift as a team on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and run every weekday. The things my coach and I are focusing on right now are making my footwork quicker and speeding up my release because when Coach (Josh) Heupel and I talked that was the thing he wanted me to work on most."

Ranked as a four-star quarterback by the experts at Scout.com, Jones had many options to choose from when he had to decide where to spend the next four to five years of his career. He ultimately narrowed his list down to three programs in UCLA, Colorado and Oklahoma, however in the end the Sooners ended up being the best fit for him all around. We spoke with Jones about what made him choose the Sooners and what he expected out of his career in Norman.

"My relationship with the coaching staff, the opportunity to earn early playing time and playing for a program that could compete for a national championship were definitely the three biggest factors for me when making my decision," Jones explained. "I get along really well with Coach Heupel and it was nice to be recruited by my position coach from the start. I also felt very comfortable with the rest of the coaching staff at Oklahoma because they were always very honest with me and never lead me on. They were also a group that was laid back a lot of the time, but could flip that switch and turn it on when it was time to get to work."

"Like I said, having an opportunity to win a national championship was a big factor as well and I felt I had the best chance of doing that at Oklahoma," Jones added. "They have a rich tradition of winning and just recently played for the national championship. When I was on campus I just felt like it was the right place for me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but I just kind of got this vibe like this was it. I also know that I will have an opportunity to play early at Oklahoma, so hopefully I can get in there, work extremely hard and start from the get go. It will definitely be tough to do because they already have other very talented quarterbacks on the team, but I am going to give it everything I have."

The days of holding the clipboard for two to three years at the collegiate level and waiting for your turn have come and gone, giving way to a football landscape where there is great pressure put upon highly recruited freshman quarterbacks to play. Last season the college football world had an opportunity to see true freshman such as Mitch Mustain, Tim Tebow, Matthew Stafford, Isiah Williams and Josh Freeman lead there team with varying success and we talked to Jones about what he learned from watching those quarterbacks play.

"I learned that you have to be confident in your abilities and just give it everything that you've got out there," Jones stated. "That is all you can do. Be confident that you can get the job done and give it your all. I just know right now I can't wait to get up to Norman and get on campus to start working. I may take another visit up there in July, but I can't wait until I am up there for good."

Jones will spend the rest of the summer helping his high school head coach teach younger players the game and working with his father who is a partner in an oil business, which he has been doing every summer for quite some time now. If one thing is for certain from speaking with Jones, it's that he is not afraid of hard work and understands what it takes to be successful on the gridiron.

As a junior at Artesia High School, Jones was 211 of 310 for 3,433 yards and 45 touchdowns with only nine interceptions. He also rushed 57 times for 249 yards and nine touchdowns. Jones was named the state 4A player of the year.

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