Shotgun's Firing: Jones Commits To Cowboys

Ronald Jones of North McKinney High School

Oklahoma State received a major commitment to the 2015 football recruiting class on Sunday morning as four-star running back sensation Ronald Jones asked Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy if they could meet. The McKinney (McKinney North), Texas standout was in Stillwater for the Orange Blitz on Saturday and before leaving town he wanted to tell Gundy he was committing to play for the Cowboys.

"Yes sir," Jones confirmed of his decision.

It wasn't too big a mystery as it was his second time in Stillwater over the past couple of weeks, and in between the visits he had announced that he had trimmed down his list of schools to eight.

Now the list is one: Oklahoma State.

"I knew because I felt the most at home there with my experience," Jones added. "I had the best relations with the coaching staff up there. It was just the best of everything for me."

Jones had a lot of choices with offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Oregon, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, and many others. His sister attends Oklahoma State, and is majoring in Journalism.

Bue he says picking OSU was not greatly impacted by his sister.

"Yes, no doubt, the decision was all me," Jones explained. "It's convenient that she is there but she was going to be for me and what I did no matter where I decided to go. She was going to like that, no matter."

When Jones and his family were in Stillwater in March for spring break, the family camped out at nearby Lake Carl Blackwell and that may have played a role. "The camping trip, it was pretty bad," Jones said laughing.

As a result, he spent a lot of time up on campus and in the football facility getting to know coaches, players, watching tape and practice. He got a pretty full examination of the Cowboy football life. "That's accurate," he replied.

The 6-0, 190-pound Jones rushed for 2,406 yards last season in leading McKinney North into the playoffs. He scored 39 touchdowns and he averaged a whopping 9.9 yards a carry.

Talking with several high school coaches in the DFW Metroplex that either played against Jones or saw him play in person, the response from all of them is that the young man is a difference maker in an offense.

Jones said he watched the Orange Blitz on Saturday carefully as he has throughout the recruiting process with an eye to how he fits in that offense.

"Yes sir," Jones said when asked if his talents and style is a good fit for the offense. "It was good watching yesterday and I got to see Tyreek Hill (junior college transfer and speedster) at running back and in the offense. I watched all the drills that they did and was getting a better feel of the offense."

Jones said up next for him is the District 13-4A track meet next week and then later on he's looking forward to the McKinney North Bulldogs spring football.

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