Jones focused more on people, not amenities

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today SI caught up with Evangelical Christian tight end Harrison Jones of Tennessee.

After having a solid junior season for the Evangelical Christian football team, tight end Harrison Jones has some of the top programs seeking his services for 2010.

But Jones is keeping a level head. He is checking out all of his options and has come to many conclusions as a result from all of his visits.

"As I go on all of the visits to different campuses, I realized that all of them have the good facilities, uniforms, and money," Jones said. "But really what I am focused on is the people. I want to know I can get along with everyone there because that is where I will be the next four years. I want to go where I will fit in best."

With seven offers in hand from programs like North Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, and Stanford, the 6-foot-4, 227-pound Jones is taking no shortcuts in search of that right "fit."

So far, he has seen the campuses of Alabama, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Oklahoma, with another trip to Alabama for a camp on July 19-20.

His previous trip was to Norman, OK where he made all of the rounds on the Oklahoma campus. 

"I really enjoyed my trip to Oklahoma. I spent a lot of time with tight end coach/offensive coordinator coach (Kevin) Wilson," Jones said. "I got the chance to watch the team play, but the highlight of my trip was watching film with coach Wilson. It is awesome to see what Oklahoma does with the ball offensively. 

"The only bad thing about the whole trip was that coach Bob Stoops was out of town. But I enjoyed meeting all of the other coaches."

According to Jones, it seems as though he and Wilson have a close connection. Conversations are quite regular between the two, and at this point, have gotten on a more personal level. 

Now, since the top Tennessee prep tight end got his Sooner offer in early May, things have seemingly been getting better.

"It's always good to get caught up with coach Wilson. We talk about a lot of things," Jones said. "At first he (Wilson) used to give me a lot of information about the Oklahoma program. Now, he and I talk a lot about life, family, and then Oklahoma."

Jones said he has learned a great deal more about the Sooner program.

"Oklahoma put up a lot of points in the Big 12 and is the most dominant offense in the conference," Jones said. "Lot's of Big 12 championships and national champion appearances. Plus, they do use the tight end a lot as well."

And that, amongst other things, makes the Sooners a choice of high consideration once it all comes down to the final call. But Jones is not jumping the gun on this one and none of his options rank better than the other.

"I really like all of these places a lot and all of the schools are even," Jones said. "No matter what I'll be at a good school. It is going to be a tough decision to make."

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