's new coaching staff hosted its first recruiting weekend the last few days. Despite having only a handful of kids on campus, the impact is being felt.
Dalen Jones (6-0, 190) can play receiver or defensive back at the next level. He's currently committed to Washington State as a wide receiver.
Fresno State offered him in the fall as defensive back. Jones says it doesn't matter which side of the ball he plays. But if he's going to play DB, Tim McDonald is the coach he wants to play for.
"Tim McDonald was a real cool guy," said Jones. "I knew he was going to be there, I just never met him…he did his thing in the NFL and he knew what he was talking about. They offered me as a DB, and I am really feeling it playing for him."
Fresno State sophomore cornerback L.J. Jones hosted him on his visit. "I got there on Friday. It was real fun; L.J. Jones is a real good guy."
Jones visited Pullman in September. He then tripped to Nevada and Sacramento State in December. He heads to UCLA next week for his final official visit. The Bruins haven't offered and are recruiting him as a receiver.
Heading into his visit to Fresno, Jones wasn't sure what to expect. As a verbal commitment to Washington State, he went through a coaching transition when Paul Wulff was fired after the season. He was scheduled to visit Fresno State initially in December but when Coach Pat Hill was fired, his trip was canceled.
"I thought it was going to be awkward, but the new staff answered every question I had," said Jones. "When coach [Nick] Toth called me a few weeks ago – and rescheduled my official visit – and said he was from Texas A&M and told me he was going to be my recruiter, I was like ‘wow' this is big time.
"The [coaches] are real young like Coach Toth and Coach [Jordan] Peterson, and it seems like they are going to turn everything around.
"They weren't pressuring anybody [to commit]. They told me to take my time. Everything is still going well with [Washington State verbal] but I still haven't talked to Coach [Mike] Leach."
Jones says he will make his final decision after he speaks with Leach and visits UCLA. But he was pretty confident to name the Bulldogs and Cougars as his top two schools. As for the Bruins, "They'll be up there if they offer."
Fresno State will visit Jones for an in-home visit after next weekend. By then, he could be ready to pull the trigger and end his recruitment.
Jones has scored a qualifying score on the ACT, and he plans to major in communications.
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