Jones Visits Oregon, Picks Up Another Offer

Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Thunderridge offensive tackle Sam Jones visited two schools from the state of Oregon over the weekend.

Thunderridge High School offensive tackle Sam Jones was in Oregon over the weekend to unofficially visit both Oregon State and Oregon. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive tackle holds offers from both schools and arrived in Oregon on Thursday. Once there he headed immediately to Eugene.

"We had about a half day on Thursday to tour Oregon," Jones said.

After a successful, albeit brief tour, Jones headed to Corvallis to participate in Oregon State's Junior Day and take in their spring scrimmage that evening. On Saturday, Jones returned to Eugene to watch Oregon's spring game and noted the differences between the two.

"The Oregon State game was more of a scrimmage type so it wasn't nearly as fast paced," Jones said. "They did 7-on-7's for a while and it wasn't as much of a game atmosphere. The Oregon game was really fast paced and high intensity and more game style. It was really fun."

Jones was shown around the University of Oregon by recruiting coordinator Jim Fisher and caught a sneak peak of the new football operations building that is under construction as well as their existing facilities.

"Obviously, I was blown away by their facilities," Jones said.

Apart from the tour, Jones got to have conversations with a few of the coaches including offensive line coach Steve Greatwood, offensive coordinator Scott Frost and head coach Mark Helfrich. Desiring to play a tackle position and to play early, Jones said that he and Greatwood discussed the possibilities of both.

"He was saying that the way he does it is he plays his best five players whether that be at guard or center or tackle," Jones said. "I would love to play tackle, and he knows that and he said that I could definitely get a chance to play tackle. But, if I can start at guard earlier than at tackle then I am perfectly willing to play guard."

After visiting both Oregon schools, Jones said that he now has to mull things over before a decision can be made.

"I'm really not sure right now," Jones said. "I've got to let it all sink in because if you don't sit down and weigh the pros and cons, you'll just think the last place you went was the best."

Arizona State, Colorado State, Oregon and Oregon State, all schools that Jones have visited, will be part of the evaluation as well as another school that has just recently entered the picture.

"I received an offer from Kansas State, actually on the trip," Jones said.

The offer is Jones' seventh so far. He said he will attempt to visit Kansas State, though doesn't know when as of now.

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