Richetti: Tells Decision In Go Pokes Magazine

Richetti Jones

With a deadline in the middle of August for the next issue of Go Pokes Magazine, and our desire to write a story in that issue on the Cowboys' top ranked prospect, we faced quite a dilemma. Do we write a story on Richetti Jones that may be dated? Do we feature another prospect? Jones actually solved our problem, and all we had to do was trust him when he told us he would be committing to OSU.

Here is an excerpt of the story that will appear in the October issue of Go Pokes Magazine that will be delivered to subscribers in the next couple of weeks.

From Go Pokes Magazine, October issue

If there was a reward for frequent unofficial visits then Jones would have it locked up as the 6-4, 240-pound explosion off the edge of the defensive line burned up I-35 between Dallas and Highway 51 the past six months. His first unofficial visit came in the spring when he drove to Stillwater for a late season basketball game and a chance to see former Lincoln High School teammate and Cowboy freshman point guard Byron Eaton play in a win against Baylor.

From that point Jones made periodic visits with different family members, including his grandfather who is a golf professional. He also made it to Stillwater on the Fourth of July weekend when the incoming freshmen checked in, including his cousin Al'Darius Thompson. He was back only a few weeks later showing the OSU campus off to big time wide receiver prospect Terrance Toliver of Hempstead, Texas.

"I have a lot of friends at Oklahoma State, and I like being there all the time," Jones said when asked about his frequent driver miles to Stillwater. "They are tight (at Oklahoma State). It's going to be a total turnaround in that program over there."

Jones also took trips to Texas and Oklahoma for unofficial visits, but said he didn't find what he was looking for at either of those Big 12 South powerhouse schools. Texas A&M made a strong pitch, and schools like Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State and USC also tried to get on Jones' recruiting radar.

"Just the love and knowing you have options to go to different schools, not pay for it and do something you love while you're in school," Jones responded when asked what he loved about recruiting. "Other players look up to you because you are higher recruited. They see the coaches come up to you. It's nice, and it really makes you feel confident."

Confidence really isn't something that Jones needs a huge infusion of. He came into high school confident and as a sophomore helped Lincoln to the Class 4A Division II state championship game, a 33-27 double overtime loss to Kilgore. Jones finished that season with 75 tackles, 15 tackles for losses, and a whopping 25 sacks. He earned All-State honors and Dallas Morning News All-Metro honors as a sophomore. He followed it up as a junior with 73 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and 16 sacks and was named his district's Defensive MVP.

Jones has been compared to current NFL standout defensive ends Jevon Kearse and Dwight Freeney. He has such explosion off the edge that few blockers can stop him from a direct path to their quarterback. Last season he really improved on his ability to defend the run. He is a complete player that many feel could play outside linebacker in college. Jones has plenty of confidence. In fact, it is that confidence built up from helping Lincoln to the top that leads Jones to believe he can be a major building block in taking Oklahoma State to a higher level.

"My motivation," Jones said repeating the question, "is I motivate my teammates with the plays I make on the field. I'm looking to inspire my teammates to make plays. I'm a man among boys."

As for the comparison with NFL All-Pros like Kearse and Freeney: "That's the perfect comparison," Jones said in agreement with the compliments.

He is flamboyant, but he is also very sincere. Jones has plenty of God-given ability, but he hasn't wasted it, instead working hard to improve upon it. He runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, and is working hard with the hopes to break 4.5. In the weight room he is no wallflower. He can bench press 380 pounds and can squat 475 pounds. He also has an impressive 32-inch vertical jump. He is a good student and a leader both on and off the field at Lincoln High School.

With his senior season under way, Jones is determined to finish his high school career back in the 4A state playoffs and a run at that title that just eluded him and his purple clad teammates two years ago in Waco. Those frequent trips up to Stillwater aren't as frequent, although he promises to be a regular at Boone Pickens Stadium. He also promises to help in the overall process of taking Oklahoma State to the top of the Big 12.

"All of the (facilities) are going to make it even better," said Jones. "I'm all for a positive change and all they need to go with the facilities to make a top notch program is great players, and I'm the man for the job."

Jones is not only a top prospect – ranked as the 27th best player in the nation, fifth in the Southwest, and fourth in Texas by Scout.com – but he also understands recruiting.

"I want to get more top recruits to come in," Jones said of an additional responsibility he is taking on. "After they see me come in then they will follow. I wanted to do it (commit) so that we could bring as many top players in as possible."

Not only is he the complete player but also the complete prospect, Jones is probably the best early commitment in Oklahoma State history and one that Gundy and company intend to keep on the line until he can sign his letter of intent in February.

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