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Jones still committed but will take visits

Dalen Jones said he was excited to hear the news about Washington State hiring former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach and he's hoping to talk with him soon but the Woodland, Calif., prospect still plans to take other visits.
Jones, who committed to Washington State in March, is having a big-time senior season playing quarterback but is slotted to be a wide receiver in college.
The three-star recruit has thrown for 2,043 yards with 23 touchdowns and three interceptions and has also rushed for 1,008 yards and 11 scores.
"I just heard about it a couple hours ago," Jones said of Leach's hire Wednesday afternoon.
"I've heard good things about him and he did a lot of good things at Texas Tech so it's really a win-win situation. I'm really going to miss coach (Paul) Wulff and everything but my scholarship still stands with them so I'm excited about it.
"I really want to talk to (Leach) as soon as possible so I can get the feel on what type of coach he is. I want to talk to him in person or on the phone. That would be great."
When Jones visited Washington State he said one of the team's strengths were the underclassmen so he thought Wulff could turn the program around if given more time. Jones was disappointed when Wulff was fired earlier this week.
"When I went up there, there were a whole bunch of sophomores and freshmen that looked really good so I thought if he had another year or two then he could turn it around but it was tough," Jones said.
His commitment to the Cougars still stands but Jones said he is planning to take some official visits before National Signing Day. The three-star wants to see Nevada, Fresno State and Sacramento State - and talk with Leach - before any final decisions are made.
"I want to take some visits to see where they stand," Jones said. "My commitment still stands with Washington State but I want to get another feel from some other schools."
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