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August 7, 2012Oregon State is one of the schools that has offered Redlands (Calif.) athlete Walter Jones and on Monday the versatile play maker visited Corvallis for the first time. The Beavs didn't disappoint.
In fact it sounds like that trip went better than Jones even expected it might have.
BeaverBlitz.com caught up with Jones on Tuesday shortly before he left for Washington State. He had just enough time to recap his trip to Oregon State.
"We looked at the facilities, talked to the coaches, watched the practice and talked to the new track coach," Jones explained. "They just put in new field turf so they've got some new stuff coming along."
The Beavs have given Jones the go-ahead to play football and participate in track should he choose Corvallis as his college home and that's important to the California native.
Overall the coaches seem to have made a solid impression.
"I really liked the coaches," Jones continued. "I really just liked the whole feel of Oregon State. It feels like a family. They'll take care of you and you'll be like part of their family."
Jones could play a couple of different positions in college, depending on where he lands, but the Beavs want him as a wide receiver. That's just fine with Jones, he told us.
"They talked to me about the offense and they told me they really liked my speed and how I can make people miss in space," he said. "They like to run jet sweeps and bubble passes so I would fit in real well with their pro-style offense.
"They said it would be a good fit for me. They would be able to help me learn all the routes in their pro-style offense. They would just work with me on my route running. They feel like I have a lot of raw talent and they would work with me."
Jones also visited Arizona State and UCLA earlier this summer. Neither of those two schools have offered but the Beavs have, along with Washington State, Utah and Nevada.
Could a decision be coming soon?
"I'm planning on taking some official visits," he said. "I'm not planning on committing anytime soon. I want to get into the season to see how the first couple of games go. I'll see what might happen after that."
The 6-foot-1, 173-pound athlete was planning on spending Tuesday in Pullman.