Jones picking up attention as he narrows list

Highlands Ranch (Colo.) ThunderRidge offensive tackle Sam Jones has narrowed his list and is ready to take official visits.

Talented ThunderRidge offensive tackle Sam Jones has stayed busy this offseason participating in multiple offseason training camps. But, the three-star prospect has been hearing from new schools on the recruiting front.

"Arkansas has been in contact with me a lot lately, and so has Vanderbilt," Jones said.

Receiving attention from the SEC has Jones interested, but for the schools that have been on him from the beginning, he's begun to narrow down his list.

"I've narrowed it down from the offers I have so far to about four," Jones said. "I'm really considering Oregon, Kansas State, Colorado State and Arizona State. I've talked to Colorado more recently, so it will be interesting to see what happens there. We'll see."

Jones said that he wants to remain loyal to those schools because he feels they are making him a higher priority. But, he isn't ruling anything out as the process continues.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive tackle has been staying in frequent contact with the Oregon coaching staff, specifically offensive line coach Steve Greatwood and graduate assistant Joe Bernardi.

"I talk to Greatwood quite a bit, probably about once a week," Jones said. "I talk to Bernardi quite a bit too. I think they're going to be my first official."

Though Jones said he doesn't have a concrete schedule set out, he wants to officially visit Oregon, Arizona State and Kansas State, if he enjoys a planned unofficial visit in Manhattan. Having already unofficially visited the former two schools, he explained what he wants to do differently on his officials.

"I really want to spend time with the guys, as far as the team," Jones said. "Once I spend some time with the players and see how they live and their day-to-day lives outside of football, I'll have a better idea if that's good for me or not."

Jones is still unsure of when he could potentially give his verbal commitment to a school. With his schedule allowing for only a couple of possible official visits during the season, he has no problem waiting if need be.

"If I take two or three during the season and I see what I want to see, I might make a decision during the season towards the end," Jones said. "I'm probably going to wait until after the season and get my officials in, and then I'll be ready."

Choosing to remain loyal to his teammates, Jones claimed that recruiting would take a backseat to his senior season.

"I'm just going to put recruiting on the backburner," Jones said. "I'm definitely fully focused on the season. It's my senior year. I've been playing with these kids since I was in fifth grade, so it definitely means a lot for me to go out there and try and make a run at state. I think we have a pretty good shot.

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