Artesia (N.M.) quarterback Landry Jones will definitely be one of the top signal callers in the West region for the class of 2008. Jones just picked up offer No. 4 earlier in the week and could be on the verge of landing a few more.
Jones, 6-5, 205 pounds is a pure drop back quarterback with a big arm who can make all the throws. We saw Jones at the NIKE Camp in Texas over the spring as well as at one of the Elite 11 Quarterback workouts and felt he was one of the better underclass QBs we saw this entire summer.
Jones shows up well on film and although he saw limited action, still threw for 667 yards while averaging 21 yards per completion while playing behind a senior a year ago. He's having a big season this year and has led Artesia to an 8-0 record and thrown for 1,766 yards and 24 touchdowns.
On the recruiting front, Virginia, Colorado and New Mexico State offered early and Jones' picked up his first Pac 10 offer this week.
"Oregon just offered," Jones said. "I was exited because Oregon is one of the top schools for me. I don't have a leader right now, but the main schools that I'm looking at are Oregon, Colorado, Miami, Oklahoma and UCLA. UCLA said they're on the verge of offering and just want to come out to one of my games and see me in person before doing so.
"Miami said they plan to offer soon as well and Oklahoma said they're waiting to offer until they get their 2007 QB situation squared away. I want to make an early decision so I'm planning to take unofficial visits to each of the schools and then hopefully I'll be able to decide in February or March.
"I've already been to Colorado, UCLA and Oklahoma and will get out to Miami and Oregon as well. I saw Colorado in the summer and it's a beautiful place and I really like the coaches. I'm going to go back out there on (Nov. 12) for the Iowa State game. I went to the UCLA- Arizona game and that was a good experience as well. I didn't get to see the campus since I just went to the Rose Bowl but I was able to talk to all the players and coaches and really got along well with everyone.
"I camped at Oklahoma this past summer and that was a good time for me as well. All three places were great and I'm sure Miami and Oregon will be as well. It's going to be a tough decision but I feel by the time February or March rolls around, I'll have enough information to make a well informed decision. I'm not rushing anything but I just want to make it early so I can put the whole recruiting thing behind me and not have to worry about it when I'm a senior."