The updates on Artesia (N.M.) High School junior quarterback standout Landry Jones have been fast and furious the past couple months. That is, until last week, when there was a spate of silence for the elite recruit. Though the recruiting process allows little rest for a prospect of Jones' stature, the coveted quarterback escaped for a week of rest and reflection during his spring break.
"I went to Oklahoma to see my cousin. I went strictly just for fun," Jones says. "I enjoyed just getting away from it all and not having to call coaches every night. It was nice."
Returned now to his home in Artesia, the acclaimed signal caller says he is nearing his college commitment.
"I think I'm pretty close to making my decision. I want to make it here in the next couple weeks," Jones shares. "I've been taking some unofficial visits, talking to my parents and talking to my coaches."
"I think I'm done," he says. "I've got it down to four schools right now. I like Oklahoma, Colorado, UCLA and Stanford. I think those would be a good fit for me."
Consider that Jones has unofficially visited three of his final four schools, and he does not intend to take any further trips. Consequently, it would seem that the Cardinal are a long shot, yes?
"You know, I don't know. I just need to sit down and talk to my parents some more about it," he answers. "Stanford has asked me to go out there, but I'm not sure that I'm going to be able to make it because it's getting pretty expensive for my parents."
"I like Stanford a lot," Jones maintains. "The academics - even if you don't have a career in football after college in the NFL, you're going to make a lot of money because of your degree. That would be a pretty good choice for me."
"The pros would be the academics, for sure. Coach [Jim] Harbaugh knows what it takes to get into the NFL, so I think he would be a great teacher to me," he adds. "The cons are that they haven't won that much in the past couple years, and it's kind of far away from home. I don't have any family out there."
Jones says that before he makes his final decision, he will likely narrow the list of four schools to two. Of the quartet, he says that Oklahoma and Colorado currently have the lead, but he is not prepared to name any favorite. As he talks with his family and high school coach in the coming days about his options, there are a few key questions they will ask.
"There are three things," Jones explains. "How well do I get along with the coaches? How early will I get to play? Do they have a legitimate chance to make a national championship run?"
Landry Jones was the 4A Player of the Year in New Mexico as a junior, throwing for 45 touchdowns and 3,433 yards in the 2006 season. Scout.com has him rated as one of the Top 100 prospects in the Class of 2008.
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