Jones Pulls a Surprise

Oklahoma fans got a nice surprise when Darius Jones pulled the trigger on a commitment to the Sooners this afternoon. Jones, a four-star prospect picked OU over Texas A&M, a school that had been speculated to be the strong front-runner.

Darius Jones, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete from Marshall High in Texas pulled a little surprise when he decided to commit to sign with the Oklahoma Sooners in February of 2009, but this recruitment had more twists and turns on internet message boards than the new Tony Hawk ride at Six Flags.

The Sooners were always listed amongst his favorites in any of the interviews that Jones conducted, but still there was always strong speculation that the Sooners were running third behind Texas A&M and LSU.

After Jones eliminated LSU from the sweepstakes it was pretty much a given by many on the internet forums that A&M had grabbed a firm lead, and at one point it looked like he and teammate Dameon Smith would make their verbal commitments to the Aggies while on an unofficial visit to College Station two weekends ago.

"Yes, I'm still scheduled to visit Texas A&M this weekend with Dameon (Smith) and my family," Jones said to David Sandhop right before the scheduled trip. "If I like what I see and it goes as expected, there's a good chance I will commit."

The road to a package deal at A&M may have unraveled when Smith was arrested as a suspect in a criminal case that involved the theft and use of stolen debit cards.

Jones and his mother went to the trip at A&M, but Jones did not make a verbal commitment.

Jones then embarked on his trip to see OU, but because his mother did not make it to Norman it was initially perceived that it could just be a token visit, but that could not be further from the truth as Jones was "blown away" by the state of the program at OU.

Jones' mother may have been leaning towards A&M, but in the end it was Bob Stoops and the Sooners who won out.

"You just heard A&M or A&M around him for the longest time," Texas expert Alan Zepeda said when asked about why Jones ended up at OU. "His mom was the one pushing him over to A&M, but this is just a case of him wanting to do his own thing."

As a junior, Jones generated 1,525 yards of total offense from his spot at quarterback and scored 12 touchdowns to earn District MVP honors, but even more impressive may have been his 10.51 100-meter dash time that was put up in a spring track meet.

"He is a flat out speedster," TexasPrepInsider's Matt Stepp informed of Jones talents. "He plays quarterback in high school, but everybody was recruiting him as an athlete. Every projection I have seen has him as a corner."

"He is a good runner in the open field, and he has good footwork. He is an intelligent player also. They had a running offense, but they spread it out more last year and he learned a brand new system pretty quickly."

"He was the district MVP, but the main thing is his speed. That alone is what really got everybody on board. So when talking about Jones it is all about speed, speed, speed."

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