Even with the receiver talent on OSU’s active roster and two heralded commits at the position in the 2018 class with C.J. Moore and Johnathan Shepherd, a once under-the-radar talent from within the state has grown himself into a can’t miss Division I prospect worth watching and now garnering OSU interest.
Wagoner’s Nikia Jones, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound wide receiver, is the name you might be hearing a lot this fall. The Bulldogs’ leading receiver brings 2,580 career yards into his senior season and 39 touchdowns — numbers that, to this point, have earned him offers from Kansas, Iowa State, Wyoming, Eastern Michigan, North Texas and Stephen F. Austin.
At least thus far.
What makes Jones an intriguing prospect could be his do-it-all approach for Wagoner. Similar to Jenks’ Dillon Stoner several years ago, Jones punts, plays defensive back, returns kicks and lines up as a pass-catcher — they’ve even talked about using him in the Wildcat formation.
Also similar to Stoner’s history: Jones is the best player on the best team in his school’s classification. Wagoner has now won 38-straight games (thanks to a 3-TD performance in the opener from Jones), including three-straight Class 4A titles alongside now OSU freshman Malcolm Rodriguez.
Jones told the Tulsa World before the season began that he has a strong interest in staying within the state to play his college ball, and if his trail led to OSU, he’d be blazing the same path as his cousin Kevin Peterson — a former Wagoner Bulldog turned L.A. Ram.
“Football is important in our state and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Tulsa is only 45 minutes away. I would play there and OSU has great atmosphere. My cousin Kevin Peterson played there and I would love to play there. But I’m also happy with the offers I have,” he said.