November 3, 2003 at 4:26pm ET
Running back/safety recruit Ray Jones (Gahanna, OH) has called college coaches today to inform them that he has made a commitment to attend Stanford University. The call to Cardinal head man Buddy Teevens went through just a couple hours ago. The 6'1" 206-pound two-way standout is the fourth commitment for Stanford in this class.
Jones had taken his first official visit this past weekend to Boston College to check out the school he had publicly proclaimed #2 on his list going in. Nothing on the trip changed his mind about his future in cardinal and white.
"It was hard turning down offers from some pretty good schools in the Big 10, SEC and ACC," Jones comments. "And the ACC is about to become a pretty good conference. But I know Stanford will be really good. They are very young right now but have a great recruiting class they are working on. We're going to do something special."
The Columbus Academy star had over 30 Division I offers, including notables such as Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue, Boston College, Maryland and Stanford. He will still take his official visit to see the Cardinal campus the weekend of December 5, though he learned most of what he needed from his summer camp experience in June. However those observations only confirmed what he had long held about Stanford in his mind.
"Going back to my early childhood, Stanford was my favorite school - before offers or a chance to play college football came along," the Ohio student-athlete reveals.
Jones is a viable candidate for either safety or running back at Stanford. He is playing both ways for Columbus Academy this fall, at RB and OLB. On offense he shares the running load with his fullback in the team's wing-T offense, but has put up fantastic numbers despite the low number of carries. In the regular season (8-2), Jones logged 1103 yards on 113 carries, for a 9.8 per-carry average. He also scored 19 TDs, all on offense.
In last Friday's playoff opening 49-6 victory, he tacked on another 120 yards on 12 carries and three scores. Jones and the Vikings have four more weeks ahead of them as they shoot for the state championship.