A lot can change over eight months especially in the life of a high school prospect and especially when it comes to recruiting.
Southern Methodist University signee Victor Jones, an outside linebacker from Richland High School, was committed to Oklahoma State for over six months. Looking back Jones is happy that things ended up the way they did and isn't second guessing his decision to be a Mustang.
Now Jones finds himself working out on a daily basis getting ready to graduate from high school this month and at the same time getting ready to enroll at SMU in June.
"I'm so excited about going to SMU," Jones told PonyStampede.com Sunday afternoon. "I'm working out, getting ready for the next stage of my life. That includes getting a great education at SMU and a chance to make an instant impact this fall."
According to Jones, the new SMU coaching staff is telling him to be ready to play right away.
"They are stressing me everyday to be ready to go," Jones said. "They feel that if I come in ready that I have a chance to see the field this fall and make a difference. That's my personal goal."
Jones got the opportunity to visit several of the Mustang's spring practices, something that only fuels his desire to be ready for the fall.
"They are playing an exciting brand of football," Jones explained. "I can't wait to be a part of it. The defensive scheme is good, they love to play fast and attack the football. I see myself fitting into it very well."
Jones finished his high school career at Richland with over 130 tackles, one interception for a touchdown, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. These stats helped earn him first team all district honors and honorable mention on the all-state team.
"Things worked out for the best for me," Jones said. "I get to play football close to home, my family and friends get to see me play. I get to be a part of something special that is about to happen at SMU."
Jones is sold on what June Jones and the new coaching staff is selling.
"Coach Jones is such a humble man," Jones stated. "I love being around him. There is something about him that makes you want to play your heart out for him. I love the coaching staff; he has put together a great one."
Jones has a few personal goals of his own.
"The first one is to graduate from SMU with a degree, that carries a lot of weight in the business world," Jones said. "The other is to make the biggest impact in whatever way I can for this team this fall."