Jones puts Oregon in the driver's seat

Highlands Ranch (Colo.) offensive tackle Sam Jones recaps his first official visit to Oregon.

Fresh off of a 30-7 victory over Dakota Ridge last Thursday night, ThunderRidge offensive tackle Sam Jones is in the thick of the recruiting process and took his first official visit on Saturday to the University of Oregon.

"I showed up Friday afternoon and had lunch with the coaches and everything," Jones said. "I had a great time. I loved the facilities and everything. They're unrivaled for sure."

Jones witnessed the Ducks throttle Nicholls State University 66-3 along with verbal commits Arrion Springs and Tui Talia, as well as wide receiver target Braxton Berrios. Later, he was shown around by Ducks junior offensive tackle Jake Fisher and got a chance to experience life as an Oregon football player away from the field, something he didn't get to experience on a previous trip.

"I'd been out there before and seen everything.," Jones said. :The facilities weren't done yet, but I got to see the completed facilities and where the players live, and that was the main thing I had wanted to do. It was pretty fun."

Despite watching Oregon battle an FCS opponent, he said he enjoyed watching the game and checking out the finished football operations center.

"It's crazy," Jones said. "Especially on game days, Autzen is ridiculous. That facility is ridiculous. Anything you need, you have. You have tv's everywhere and PS3's."

As far as to what Jones experienced with the coaching staff, he was able to discuss where he fit in with offensive line coach Steve Greatwood and spent some time with new head coach Mark Helfrich.

"We had a bunch of meetings and stuff and I shadowed the team," Jones said. "I talked to Greatwood for a long time today kind of about where he sees me fitting in. I sat down with Helfrich and talked about the nature of Oregon and how everything works."

So, after all of this, where does Oregon sit amongst Jones favorites?

"It's hard to say they're not number one at this point," Jones said. "I don't know if it's because they are my only official or what, but I get a great feel from Oregon."

Jones has only one other Thursday game on his schedule, meaning that it is unlikely he take more than one official throughout the rest of the season. Though he believes that visit will be to Kansas State or Arizona State, he has other options that he's looking into for the long run of his recruitment.

"I think the other schools I might get to are Kansas State and Arizona State," Jones said. "I'd like to get up to Boulder as well and I like Cal and Washington. I haven't been up there yet, so I kinda want to get up there and see what they're about."

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