‘Dogs Offer NorCal Athlete

Dalen Jones

Woodland (Calif.) athlete Dalen Jones camped at Fresno State the summer before his junior season. The senior maintained contact with the Bulldogs despite committing to a Pac-12 program in the spring. It paid off as the 'Dogs became his latest offer on Wednesday...

Dalen Jones (6-0, 190) outshined the lot in the summer of 2010 at the Fresno State Individual Skills Camp as a wide receiver. But over the course of his junior season, Jones displayed his versatility.

He caught 39 passes for 515 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for 430 yards and eight touchdowns on 88 carries, and recorded 56 tackles on defense with four interceptions.

Whether he lined up at quarterback in the Wildcat, in the slot, or on defense and special teams, Jones was always a threat to break open a play.

During the spring and summer, Jones showed his talents at the Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 NorCal Regional and finals and at the Badger/New Level Athletics 7-on-7 in Las Vegas. Soon after, he made an oral commitment to Washington State, whom offered him before his junior season. He also held offers from North Arizona and Sacramento State.

Despite his standout performance at the Bulldogs camp, FS didn't offer early. Another factor delaying an offer likely was his versatility as to which spot he was best suited to play.

Bulldogs wide receiver coach Keith Williams was originally recruiting Jones as a receiver. However, his skill set points to him being a better cornerback or safety at the next level. He's a big, physical defender with excellent ball skills. And the ‘Dogs seem to agree.

"Fresno State just offered me as a DB," Jones said Wednesday evening.

During the summer, Jones indicated he was open to taking all five of his official visits. He mentioned the Bulldogs, Oregon State, Sacramento State, and USC besides WSU as schools he would like to visit. While he maintains his commitment to the Cougars, his plans seem unchanged.

"We haven't set a date yet," Jones said concerning his official visit to Fresno.

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