PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. – Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones said here Wednesday he anticipates waiting until the Jan. 15 deadline to make his decision regarding the NFL.
The junior would like all the available time to decide whether to return for one more year.
“I've gone back and forth so many times,” Jones said during the Insight Bowl's media day. “Right now, it's kind of like a null point where I'm not even thinking about it at all.”
The Sooners (9-3) play Iowa (7-5) on Friday evening. After that's over, then Jones will mentally transition to his future.
“I just really need to sit down after the year's done and clear my head, without any thoughts of Iowa or my next game coming up," he said.
Jones acknowledged he took note last week of Matt Barkley's choice to return to USC. But he said it's not as if that did or will have any bearing on his decision.
“I mean, you notice it,” he said, “but you've got to do what's best for you.”
He laughed when asked if, like Barkley, he would have the marching band present for a news conference.
“Yeah,” the understated Jones said, “I don't know if I'll do that.”
Jones became the school's all-time leading passer earlier this season. In 39 career games, Jones has thrown for 12,218 yards – including 4,302 this season – and 92 touchdowns, to 40 interceptions.
CBS Sports' draft website has given Jones a first-round grade, pegging him to go third among quarterbacks, after Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin III.
Griffin also said Wednesday, on ESPN, that he doesn't anticipate making a decision until the deadline.
Scouts are enjoying a virtual bonanza here in the desert, between the two bowls and Luck and Jones practicing in the same city.
“I think he is a great quarterback,” Luck said Wednesday when he was asked about Jones. “I think he will be successful no matter what he does, if he stays or goes.”