Jones Will Visit Oregon Schools

Highlands Ranch (Colo.) offensive lineman Sam Jones is planning on taking visits to two schools this month. Where will the ThunderRidge big man be going?

Sam Jones is a large physical specimen at 6-foot-5, 275-pounds, and his physicality on the field has translated to plenty of attention off of it with half a dozen offers from FBS schools including four from Pac-12 members in Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State and Colorado.

"I would say that Arizona State is recruiting me the hardest and Oregon is second to them," Jones said.

Jones had been on the Ducks radar for some time, having impressed offensive line coach Steve Greatwood with his sophomore highlight tape. Out of all of the schools he sent the tape too, Greatwood was pretty much the only one to respond according to Jones.

"He said he liked the way I could move and my aggressiveness off the ball," Jones said.

Jones found out that Greatwood was further interested after seeing his junior year highlights, and started pursuing him.

"That's when I started calling him and emailing him," Jones said. "He's been by the school a couple of times and Scott Frost came by the school so I started building a relationship with them."

After then-head coach Chip Kelly departed, Jones was elated when new head coach Mark Helfrich still elected to extend the offer. He said he plans to visit Eugene later this month.

"I'm going to head up there in late April," Jones said. "I'm stopping by Oregon State's Junior Day and then head to Oregon."

Jones didn't specify a favorite school, but did mention that wherever he goes, he wants an opportunity to fight for playing time quickly.

"I'd like to have at least the opportunity to compete for a job redshirt freshman year or so," Jones said. "That's what I'm really looking for."

This offseason, Jones has been throwing shot put and discus in track, but admits that it isn't too much of a workout for him. Therefore, he's been training with former NFL lineman Matt McChesney's Six Zero Strength + Fitness, alongside 2013 commits Chris Fox (Michigan) and Blake Nowland (Colorado State).

"He's got pretty much all of the top linemen in the state working out with him," Jones said. "It's really good in there."


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