WASHINGTON STATE'S recruiting shifts into a new phase this weekend -- the formal hosting of prep and…
Jones is Keeping His Options Open
Three-star wide receiver, Dalen Jones from Woodland (Calif.) attended the Cal-State Game Camp over the weekend, competing for the opportunity to be selected for the all-star roster. "I am having a lot of fun playing with the top name guys. It's a great opportunity that I am able to do this, especially in December playing in the five-star game," said Jones. "I felt really confident about my performance this weekend." Jones announced his commitment to the Pac-12 earlier this year. "I committed to Washington State over spring break. I wanted to get my decision out of the way, I talked to my parents a lot and they agreed as well, that WSU was a good fit for me. They are going to do big things," said Jones. "They have been recruiting me since I was a sophomore, they are really family oriented. That's the school I wanted to go to, it's just great up there. They have been coming down to check on me, Coach Sears came down." Jones made his decision without having visited the school, so there are still a couple of things he is hoping to find out when he goes up there this fall, in order to firm up his commitment. "I haven't been up there to visit yet, but I am going to go up there for my official after my first game. I will be there the weekend Washington State plays Idaho State, so I am excited. It's real big getting to play in the Pac-12. I have heard they are big about their games," said Jones. "I want to get in touch with the players while I am up there, especially the ones that will be there while I am there, I want to get a good connection with them, and also meet the other coaches I haven't met yet." Jones will also be taking all five of his official visits this fall, which according to Jones, is okay with Coach Sears. Sears' is Jones' primary recruiter and the one he has been in contact with the most at Washington State. "I am going to take other official visits in the fall, because I am still looking at other schools. I am planning on taking visits to, USC, Fresno State, Washington State, Oregon State and Sacramento State," said Jones. "I have spoken to Coach Sears about this and he is okay with it, we always talk about that. They are open with me. I think having a relationship with the coaches is what is most important. If you keep in contact with them and you are open with the coaches and they are open with you, I think that is the main factor because then you have the trust factor, which is what I have with Washington State." Jones will be making his decision final after the New Year. In the meantime, Jones is enjoying the recruiting process and looking forward to his senior season. "Signing day I will make it official," said Jones. "My season goals are, as a team I want to get past the second round of playoffs, we haven't done that in awhile. My personal goals this season are, to get 1,000 plus yards and to get an all-league title again this year."
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