'08 Unwrapped: Landry Jones

Any conversation of the nation's top quarterback in the junior class includes New Mexico legend Landry Jones. The 6'5" slinger threw for 45 touchdowns this past fall and is one of the most highly recruited players in the state's history. Jones is also a standout student-athlete, which helped land a new offer this week. Stanford is in the hotly contested race, but where do they stand?

On Wednesday, Artesia (N.M.) High School quarterback Landry Jones (6-5, 215) added another offer to his coffers, this one coming from the Pac-10.

"I talked to Coach [Jim] Harbaugh from Stanford and he said he was offering me," Jones reports.  "I have a lot of interest in Stanford, so that was a cool offer to get."

Jones says the offer from the Cardinal helped vault them into his top five, which has a Pac-10 and Big 12 flavor to it.

"I'd say right now my top five are Oklahoma, Colorado, UCLA, Oregon and Stanford," Jones declares.  "I just got offered by Wisconsin, so that was big.  And I've been hearing a lot from Miami - they may offer."

All of Jones' top five have offered, the Sooners joining suit over the weekend.

"I was out there visiting unofficially, and they gave me an offer," Jones says.

The quarterback recruit has maintained for a while that he wanted to make an early decision and he says that is still the case.

"I still plan to decide this spring and make my commitment," Jones offers.  "This weekend, I'm flying out to Colorado, so after this weekend I should have a better idea."

One of the most heavily recruited players ever to come out of New Mexico, Jones does hold offers from the two in-state programs, but he says that there is no real influence for him stay home.

"There is not really any pressure at all to stay in-state," he notes.  "I'm not feeling any from the schools.  It's really an honor to be thought of so highly coming out of New Mexico."

Jones says the fact that all of five favorites being located in the West has more to do with the proximity to his home than anything else.

"Wisconsin and Miami have been interested, and Virginia has offered me too," he says.  "But these other schools are just a little closer to home for me."

Jones spoke with Harbaugh this week and says that Harbaugh's past success as an NFL quarterback is something that left an impression on him.

"He knows what it takes to get to that level and what it takes to be an NFL quarterback," Jones states.  "That means a lot to me."

Stanford is the lone school in his top five where he has yet to visit, and though he doesn't have any currently scheduled plans to trip to Palo Alto, that could become a destination he'll visit.

Jones is hoping to participate in the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp this summer and is scheduled to attend the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles next month.

An excellent student, Jones has a 3.8 GPA and recently took the ACT.  He is taking an AP English class and an honors chemistry class as a junior, with plans to take more AP/Honors classes as a senior.

During his junior year, Jones was 211-of-310 passing for 3,433 yards.  He connected for an astounding 45 touchdowns against only nine interceptions.  Jones also rushed 57 times for 249 yards and nine touchdowns and was named the state 4A Player of the Year.

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