There is a very good argument that New Mexico, known as the Land of Enchantment, may have the most enchanting quarterback in the west and maybe in the whole nation for the class of 2008 in Landry Jones (6-5, 215, 4.7) from Artesia, N.M.
Jones was recently named New Mexico's State Player of the year after hitting on 211 passes out of 310 attempts (68%) for 3,432 yards and 45 touchdowns against only nine interceptions. He can also makes plays with his feet as he rushed for 294 yards on 57 carries and scored nine touchdowns.
That's a pretty good year at the office for the young gunslinger from New Mexico.
Another intriguing thing about Jones is he could be a December graduate and thereby could play spring ball for the lucky school that gets his signature.
Jones is definitely thinking about making the push to get it done academically to graduate next December but he wants to talk to his parent's and his councilor at school about it.
Jones has offers on the table from Colorado, Oregon, Virginia, New Mexico and New Mexico State. His early list of favorites is UCLA, Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma, Miami and Virginia.
Jones will be in Los Angeles this coming weekend for UCLA's junior day. This won't be the first time Jones has been in southern California.
"I went to one of UCLA's games last fall," Jones said. "I attended the UCLA/Arizona game.
"I like UCLA's coaches, the area and the school's atmosphere," Jones said. "I haven't been to the campus yet, but I hear it's nice.
"Academically, I'm looking for a school where I can get a good degree," Jones said. "Athletically I want to get along with the coaches, have a chance for early playing time and have an opportunity to win a national championship.
"I'm going to make my mind sometime in March so I can concentrate on my senior season," Jones said. "I will attend a summer football camp at whatever school I choose and I'll probably go to a couple of NIKE Camps and the Elite 11 combine.
The scouting report on Jones is he is an accurate passer with excellent arm strength. He also has a good huddle presence and has the leadership qualities that help a quarterback be successful.