A recruiting trip to Fresno State was enough to change his mind.
Dalen Jones of Woodland High School on Monday evening gave Fresno State a verbal commitment to play either receiver or defensive back.
He decommitted from Washington State in making his Fresno State destination more formal. National Letter of Intent is Feb. 1, when signatures make scholarship commitments binding.
The Fresno State experience was an emotional one for Jones, who played quarterback for Woodland and led the Wolves to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.
In early December, Jones was expecting a home visit from Fresno State coach Pat Hill, who for years has mined the Sacramento region for prospects, only to learn the veteran leader had been dismissed. Fresno State coaches kept in contact, however.
Jones passed for 2,043 yards and 23 touchdowns with just three interceptions - playing the position out of necessity as the team's most outlandish athlete. He ran for 1,008 yards and 11 scores for an 8-3 team.
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