'Dogs Back in Touch with Jones

Dalen Jones (photo by Scott Edwards)

Woodland (Calif.) athlete Dalen Jones was originally scheduled to visit Fresno State Dec. 9 with about 15 other Bulldog recruits. But after Pat Hill was fired, subsequent recruiting weekends were placed on hold. Thus, Jones hadn't heard from the new coaching staff until this week…

Dalen Jones (6-0, 190) can play both sides of the ball. He camped at Fresno State in the summer of 2010 as a wide receiver and easily stood out against the top defensive backs. After a junior season that saw him excel as a defensive back as well as a receiver/Wildcat quarterback, schools began to see his versatility.

Northern Arizona, Sacramento State, and Washington State offered before his junior season. Last March, he gave the Cougars a verbal commit. Despite being committed, he didn't shut down his recruitment and the Bulldogs offered last October as a defensive back.

Since, both WSU and FS have had coaching changes. Mike Leach replaced Paul Wulff, and Tim DeRuyter replaced Pat Hill. The Cougars' shakeup left him a bit uneasy, but he remained committed. Jones took an official visit to Washington State in September. After Wulff's firing, he visited Nevada on Dec. 3-5, and the Bulldogs were next until Hill was fired.

Jones' Dec. 9 visit was canceled. At the time, he was unsure if Fresno State would still recruit him or be on his list of schools if his recruiter, defensive line coach Will Plemons, wasn't retained. Nonetheless, he says the ‘Dogs are back in the mix.

"I got back in contact with Fresno State," said Jones. "My recruiter is [defensive coordinator] Nick Toth. And I talked to head coach [Tim DeRuyter] too."

He also said Wyoming offered him as a wide receiver on Friday. Nevada and WSU are also recruiting him a receiver. But the ‘Dogs continue to target him as a safety or a possible corner in the new 3-4 defense.

Jones has two official visits remaining – he has also visited hometown Sacramento State. Originally, he was contemplating a visit to UCLA later this month. At this point, he has only solid visit scheduled.

"I visit Fresno next weekend (Jan. 13)," added Jones.

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