Jones committed to Oral Roberts University


Photo by Rachel Sorenson

Senior Grayson Jones prepares to sign to Oral Roberts University. Jones will be playing Division 1 golf with ORU starting next fall.

Story by Alex Heo, sports editor

For many athletes at the school, playing Division 1 sports is a dream. For senior golfer Grayson Jones, that dream became a reality when he announced through his Instagram that he will play golf for Oral Roberts University next year.

Jones’ decision came as an epiphany after much thought and debate.

“I was really stressed trying to figure out where to go, and I kind of decided I was going ORU but then I was flip flopping. I couldn’t decide whether I was going to do it or not,” Jones said. “I was riding around with Cole Prince [Monday] and decided to call Coach and tell him that I was going to commit.”

For Jones the decision makes sense for him financially and academically. When he’s not playing on top-notch courses, he’ll be receiving a highly-rated education in the classroom on a full ride.

“They’re paying for literally everything, plus I should get a little bit of academic money,” Jones said. “They play on some of the best golf courses in the nation. I’ll get my degree in sports management, and they have the No. 2 sports management program in the nation, so I’ll be good.”

Jones’ inner circle was composed of his family, his two best friends, and Garrett May, a former teammate of Jones who is playing Division 1 golf himself at Baylor University.

“Pretty much my family, Tye Shelton, Wade Johnston and Garrett May [helped me through this process],” Jones said. “I talked to them a lot about it. They just told me to go where you feel like you’re going to get the best and be able to turn pro whenever you graduate.”