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The Minnesota Vikings Were Unable To Recruit Basketball Player Rob Jones

The Minnesota Vikings didn't have a pretty season last year and, apparently, it's led to them having trouble recruiting players that want to play with them. That isn't actually true, unfortunately, but would anybody really be surprised if that was the reason former St. Mary's Gaels standout Rob Jones -- a basketball player -- turned down their free agent camp invite over the weekend?

"I wanted to see where I can go with basketball first," said Jones, 23. "Two or three years from now, if I'm not where I want to be with basketball, I can still have that option.

"Football is intriguing, but it's really a decision I made five years ago."

Jones certainly could have been an intriguing option for the Vikings considering the success that so many undersized power forwards have had once transitioning to the gridiron, but nothing was really guaranteed considering he hasn't played basketball since his senior year of high school in 2006.

It seems, judging by his body of work at St. Mary's, he could now transition into being an option for Minnesota's Timberwolves: As a senior, the 6-foot-6 power forward averaged 15 points and 10.8 rebounds for the Gaels.

This kid might be a fun story to watch.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.