Gus Jones, a 6-foot-2, 222-pound middle linebacker from Wagoner High in Okla., played a huge role in the Bulldogs 2007 run in to the playoffs.
On defense, Jones racked up 170 tackles and 15 sacks and added almost 1,000 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns on offense from his spot at running back.
Jones, who will be a four-year starter, believes that the Bulldogs are in a good spot to make yet another run in 2008.
"We got mainly everybody back, we just lost our quarterback," Jones said. "The practices have been just great. Probably some of the best practices we ever had."
Jones is glad that the team has gotten off to a fast start in practice, because they will have to be ready for stiff tests right off of the bat in their non-conference portion of the schedule.
"We got three tough games," Jones informed. "We go to Miami, who is a 5A school, then we go to Grove, and then we have East Central at home."
Shortly after receiving his offer he made a commitment to OU, and it was the coaching staff in Norman that played the biggest role in landing his verbal.
I really enjoy Brent Venables. I really compare him to our old defensive coordinator (Guy Gaylor) that we have had the last four years. I talk to them (OU) about once every two weeks, or sometimes once every week. I just check in to see what is going on and just talk to them."
"The coaching staff just seems really similar to here. They like the hard work and they like the fire and intensity."
Jones plays both ways in high school, but it looks like his future will most likely be on the defensive side of the ball in college.
"Basically I told them that I want to play middle (linebacker), and they told me that is where I will probably end up at."
Jones says that things have been nice since he made the commitment to OU, but there are some side effects of receiving so much attention in a 4A setting.
"There is a lot of hype and a lot of trash talk," Jones admitted.
When asked what fans were giving him the goods, there was no surprise it would be from the Sooners biggest rivals.
"O-State and a little bit of Texas," Jones said when asked who was doing the most trash talk.
"I don't say much. I just say we will have to see…"