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Owasso’s Wayne Jones Headed to Kansas State

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WAYNE JONES: The senior defensive back is a key component to the Rams’ secondary.

There’s more than one Division-I college football player in Owasso’s secondary. You have Ohio State commit Josh Proctor and there is Wayne Jones (6-0, 195, senior), who is verbally committed to Kansas State and is another force to be reckoned with for the Rams.

Jones, who announced his decision to make the Little Apple his college gridiron destination in May, felt like he was a good fit for the Wildcat family when he made his visit.

“Everything about Kansas State, the school just fits me,” Jones says. “After praying about it, talking to my family, it was just the best fit. The coaching staff, the academics, it just fits my personality in a way.”

One thing that excites Jones is the privilege of playing under Bill Snyder, the man known for building the Wildcats into the program they are today.

“He’s a legend,” Jones says. “Getting to play underneath him, not very many kids get to do that. So, I’m just taking in as much as I can and cherishing it.”

Jones chose Kansas State over Louisville, Oklahoma State, Illinois and Michigan State.
While he looks forward to playing under one coaching legend, Jones is enjoying playing for another at the prep level in his final year with Owasso. The Rams (3-0 as of Sept. 15) have been a surprise in Class 6AI high school football through its first three games this season. It did not take long for them to thrive under first-year coach Bill Blankenship.

“It’s totally different,” Jones says. “There is more energy during practices. We’re flying around the ball more. The whole culture has changed. We just hope to go 1-0 each week for this season. If you go 1-0 each week, the 1-0’s will stack up, and you’re at the big dance in December.”

Owasso has shown the looks of a contender for that big dance as it afflicted routs to Jenks (48-10) and Bartlesville (56-14) on the road and Broken Arrow (49-27) at home. The Rams beat Bartlesville last season but have often finished on the short end of the score in previous years to the Trojans and Tigers (except for 2014, when Owasso beat both teams).

No one saw its domination of Jenks coming, but it was no surprise to Jones and company.

“We know how we play,” he says. “We expected to come out and dominate and the scoreboard showed it.

“We knew going into the game that we were going to come in and just do what we do and dominate,” Jones says. “Everybody did their job. Whenever everybody does their job, everything else happens. Overall, it was just another game to us. We have to put it behind us. We can’t just make this a one-game season.”

Jones has made his share of plays, including an end zone interception against Broken Arrow that foiled a trick play.

He enjoys sharing the defensive backfield with Proctor.

“It’s good because you don’t have to worry about anything,” Jones says. “You always know that he’s got your back. All my DBs got my back regardless of what happens on the field. Josh and I have been playing since we were like six, so we have chemistry.”

When he started playing flag at age three, Jones played defensive line. But as a freshman, he was moved to linebacker and eventually, safety, where he plays now.

“I was just sick of being a big dude,” he says, laughing. “I wanted to get my hands on the ball somehow, and I wanted to stay on defense.

“By playing defensive back, you can hit, catch the ball, go score, you can do just about everything and hit people,” Jones says. “The best part of football is you get to hit people without getting in trouble. Just running full-speed and making a big hit on somebody is the best feeling in the world.”

While Jones is a Dallas Cowboys fan, he likes to model his play after retired NFL stars such as Brian Dawkins, Ed Reed and Ray Lewis.

Through October, the Rams host Putnam City North (Oct. 6), have back-to-back road games at Southmoore (Oct. 13) and Norman North (Oct. 20) and return home to meet Moore (Oct. 27).

Updated 10-09-2017

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