Josh Jones Says Visit Made The Difference

It's kind of humorous how Twitter and other social networking has changed the recruiting landscape. Josh Jones, a big offensive tackle prospect out of Richmond (George Bush), Texas had let the Twitter world now that he would be deciding between Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech at noon Monday. Many folks were looking at their phones, tablets and computers waiting for the announcement.

"Yes sir, it was crazy," Jones said. "In the last two days I gained 200 followers from just fans."

After his announcement he will likely continue to gain Twitter followers but only those that wear orange ... as in Oklahoma State orange.

The 6-5 1/2, 275-pound Jones made it known he is committed to Oklahoma State. He said it was his trip to Stillwater and the OSU campus, and what he and his parents heard, that made his mind up.

"Through my process I narrowed it down to those schools (OSU, TCU and Texas Tech), and those coaches had stayed in touch and seemed to really want me. Oklahoma State stood out because of coach (Bob) Connelly and when I went up there he had the best talk with me and my parents, he and coach (Mike) Gundy," Jones explained. "He told me things that I needed to hear from the school. Since that visit they were my number one."

Prior to announcing his decision on Monday, Jones went through the first practice this season with his teammates at Bush High School. The practice began at 7 a.m. and Jones, who said he loves practice, said he thought his team looked pretty good in the first workout of the season.

Jones is a physical offensive tackle who also plays basketball and shows good feet. When watching him on tape, he also shows a good punch that often either knocks the opposing defender off balance and sometimes knocks the defender on the ground. He says that is something he really works on.

"I work on my hand speed and getting the lowest position," Jones said. "That man wins the battle when he is the first person that is there and ready to hit."

Jones had told one website prior to making his decision public that he felt the strength and conditioning program at Oklahoma State would help him.

"When I sat down with their strength and conditioning coach he was going over the players' workouts and I felt he could maximize all my attributes to plays the best i can against the best at the Division I level," Jones added.

Jones said he plans to major in kinesiology or physical therapy, which means someday he may be able to help a young athlete maximize his physical attributes. In the meantime, Jones becomes the ninth commitment to the Cowboys 2015 class and the second offensive lineman and the first offensive tackle prospect.

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