Early Decision for 2008 QB?

It's early to rank the class of 2008, but it's pretty certain that Landry Jones, the 6-5, 215-pounder pfrom Artesia, New Mexico, will be among the best quarterback prospects around. But for Jones, it's not too early to be considering schools, since he wants to get his decision over pretty quickly...

Artesia (N.M.) quarterback Landry Jones (6-5, 215) will be one of the top quarterback prospects in the class of 2008 in the west, and probably in the country, if how much recruiting attention he's already received is any indication.

Already, Jones has three early scholarship offers, from Colorado, New Mexico State and Virginia. He's also been hearing a great deal from a host of other schools, including UCLA, Miami, Oregon State, Oregon, Oklahoma and Notre Dame.

Landry has been out visiting schools unofficially since last summer, trying, in fact, to speed up his recruiting process. While the class of 2007 prospects will be signing Letters of Intent in February of next year, in the weeks immediately following, Jones intends to make his own decision.

"I'm going to make an early decision, sometime in February or March," said Jones.

Last summer he attended camps at Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Notre Dame, USC, a couple of Nike Camps and the Bob Johnson QB Camp. "I've also gone to Colorado, Oklahoma and UCLA already and I'm going to visit Oregon and Miami," Jones said.

Jones attended UCLA's most recent home game, against Arizona, and enjoyed the experience. "I liked it a lot," said Jones. "The weather was amazing, the whole atmosphere was pretty sweet. We got to go inside the locker room before the game and meet all the coaches and then afterwards, we talked with the coaches and went in the locker room again. Coach (Dino) Babers said that an offer will probably be coming soon. We didn't see the school, though, just the game."

For now, Jones has five schools that are standing out for him. "My early top five areColorado, Oklahoma, UCLA, Miami and Oregon," said Jones.

Jones said that so much early recruiting attention was a little unexpected. "I'm surprised how quick it's happened, but I haven't really thought about it too much. I think I knew it would get crazy, but not as much as it has," said Jones. "I just want to make an early decision so I can get it all behind me. Wherever the best fit for me is, it's where I'll go."

Jones has gotten Artesia off to an 8-0 start, and they're ranked #1 in New Mexico in the 4A classification. On the 2006 season, he's 124-for-170 for 1,766 yards and has thrown 24 touchdowns against two interceptions. He's also run for five touchdowns.

"We have one more game and then we start district (playoffs)," said Jones.

If all goes as he hopes, Jones wants to verbally commit, and then expects to keep his travel plans busy next year. He said, "I'm hoping to make the Elite 11, so next year I'll do the Elite 11 Combines and maybe the U.S. Army Combine, because I'm trying to get into that game."

An excellent student, Jones has a 4.07 GPA and will take the ACT on October 28.


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