Jones Still Solid with Hogs

Smackover (Ark.) three-star wide receiver Jordan Jones was visited and offered by Alabama this week, but said he is still firm with his commitment to the Razorbacks.

It was an eventful week for Jordan Jones at Smackover High School.

On Wednesday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban paid the 2016 three-star wide receiver a visit at his high school.

“It was just small talk,” Jones said. “It was pretty cool to meet a coach like him that’s won multiple national championships.”

Just two days later, the school he is verbally committed to, Arkansas, visited him.

Accompanying head coach Bret Bielema were tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. and new offensive coordinator Dan Enos.

“(Enos) seemed like a pretty nice guy,” Jones said. “I haven’t heard much about him, but coach Lunney said he likes to air things out.”

Jones said he doesn’t expect any more visitors, but acknowledges that it was a shock that Alabama stopped by his school.

“I had no idea they were coming,” Jones said. “It was a surprise when my coach told me that coach Saban and their wide receiver coach (Billy Napier) were here.”

Despite the visit and receiving an offer from the Crimson Tide, Jones said he is still solid with the Razorbacks. He is still Arkansas’ only verbal commitment for the class of 2016.

He is a month and a half removed from a heartbreaking 33-26 loss to Charleston in the Class 3A state championship game.

In that game, he caught four passes for 137 yards and one touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as Arkansas signee Ty Storey threw the game-winning touchdown pass with 17 seconds left for the Tigers.

“It was a tough loss, but just being there and doing something that hasn’t been done in a long time, that was special to the guys,” Jones said.

It was Smackover’s first shot at a state title since 1949.

With football season behind him, Jones said he has moved on to basketball, where he mostly plays two-guard and a little point guard for the Buckaroos.

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