December 22, 2008

Sooner Commit Enjoys Trip to Norman

Earlier this year Wagoner, Okla. head coach Dale Condict talked and compared the two prize linebackers of his high school coaching tenure; current Sooner Brandon Crow and future Sooner Gus Jones. Though Condict didn't quite come out and say it, it was clear he had a feeling that Jones might make an earlier impact than his other former pupil.

So during Jones' official visit did the three-star linebacker give Crow a little ribbing?

"Nah not at all," Jones said laughing. "I hung out with Brandon but my host was actually Ryan Reynolds.

"I just liked being around the players. I fit in well, I fit right in."

The nation's No. 36 inside linebacker had seen a lot of things before including Oklahoma's facilities but admit that the classrooms and further evaluation of the academic center was a welcome element to the visit.

Though the one thing that truly stood out for Jones was a chance to watch Oklahoma go through a practice.

"It was just the basic things, I got to watch them practice. It was a real fun practice seeing how their intensity is, and that's what stood out the most," he said.

Jones was part of two straight teams who made deep runs in the state playoffs but through injuries and a big youth movement at Wagoner fell a bit short of their seemingly-now annual November runs.

Throughout the year Jones battled off numerous injuries but says that with a few weeks to rest he is already feeling much better.

"It was always a new knock here and there. It was nothing really major," he said. "If it was an easier game, coach Condict wouldn't have played me as much but with our games being decided later on I understood that I had to do what I could to help.

"It was my last year playing with my boys. It wasn't the record we were looking for but we looked back and we played all of the top five teams in 4A. We didn't make it easy for ourselves."

During many of his injuries Jones had a chance to watch some young players step up around him.

"They basically just needed me to do this, and we had a freshman kind of step up, he has some maturity to him," he said. "He'll be up there, his older brother starts right now for us, and his younger brother Jeremy Applegate is a guy you'll need to remember."

Jones also mentioned that Wagoner's much-talked about quarterback Prince McJunkins could be one to watch in a few years.

"Oh yeah, we're going to start putting out some guys up here. And I'm telling you now, there is a kid, four years from now that everyone will be talking about."

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