Nikia Jones decided against signing a letter of intent during December’s early period. He was hoping more opportunities would open up following an injury-plagued senior season.
The gamble might pay off. Iowa is showing interest in the Oklahoma receiver.
Hawkeye position coach Kelton Copeland visited Jones (6-4, 215) at Wagoner (OK) High on Tuesday.
“We talked about the possibility of an offer for me and about my family, things like that,” Jones told HN.
Copeland invited Jones to Iowa City for a visit next weekend. He did not yet extend a scholarship offer.
“I’m not sure if I’ll get an offer or take the visit. They are a possibilities,” Jones said.
Jones said he has not used any of his official visits and doesn’t have any planned. Oregon State and SMU have been recruiting him the most, he added. He also reported scholarship offers from Iowa State, Kansas and others.
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The Hawkeyes don’t often dip into Oklahoma for recruits. They did offer Drake Stoops, the son of alumnus Bob Stoops, who coached at Oklahoma. Drake ended up picking the Sooners.
“I’m not quite sure how Iowa found out about me,” Jones said. “My coach sends film to like every school, so that’s probably why.”
Jones was ranked as the No. 1 area player in the Tulsa World’s coverage area before the season. No. 2 C.J. Moore, also a receiver, signed with Oklahoma State ahead of offers from Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and others.
Heading into his senior season, Jones had caught 104 passes for 2,580 receiving yards to go with 46 total touchdowns during his career. He was hobbled by injuries this fall, which likely kept his recruitment from rising.
Despite the health issues, Jones was named first-team all-state by the World as an all-purpose performer. He also stood out as a defensive back. Moore and Stoops were named the first-team receivers.
Even though he missed time, Jones hauled in 25 passes for 554 yards with nine touchdowns in ’17. He also rushed for 498 yards with seven scores. As a free safety, he scored on two of his four interceptions and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
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Jones told HN he plans to major in Business when he gets to college.
Rivals ranks Jones as a three-star prospect and the No. 16 player in Oklahoma for the ’18 recruiting class. The 247 network also lists him as a three-star and puts him at No. 26 in the state.
Here’s a look at Jones’ senior highlights: