“I am still solid with Arkansas and I am going to be a Razorback,” Jones said Monday morning after taking in some of the Razorbacks’ high school football camp. “I did get a few more offers - Alabama, Ole Miss and ULM about a week ago - but I am still Arkansas all the way.”
Jones, who caught 31 passes for 779 yards and 9 touchdowns this past season, committed to the Razorbacks soon after getting an offer last summer.
He led his team to the Class 3A title game against current Razorback true freshman quarterback Ty Storey of Charleston.
Jones caught 4 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in that game, but Storey led his team on a late scoring drive to down Smackover 33-26.
“It was a really good game,” Jones said of the Buckaroos’ first state championship game since 1949. “I didn’t really think about it until afterwards that it was a future teammate on that other side.
“We had a good season. I mean no one had gone to the state finals from our school in like 60 years. It didn’t end the way we wanted to, but it was a good year.”
He is looking forward to the day that he and Storey are both donning Razorback uniforms and making plays.
“Ty is great,” Jones said. “He is very, very smart. He has good ball placement. It doesn't look like it is going to get there and then it just glides in the air and gets there. Looking forward to when we are playing on the same team.”
Jones took the opportunity to come up the last few days and visit with Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, wide receiver coach Michael Smith and Barry Lunney, Jr., the Hogs’ chief in-state recruiter.
“I just came up here to visit with Coach B, Coach Smith and Coach Lunney and talk to Jared (Cornelius), whose my friend,” Jones said. “Just messing around a little bit, have fun and watch the games.”
Jones is working out with a trainer from El Dorado this summer.
“I am working out with a trainer from El Dorado at Healthworks,” Jones said. “He is helping me with my explosion. It is not really like heavy stuff, but he is helping me get bigger and stronger to get ready to take college hits.”
He spent some time Monday morning talking to Cornelius and fellow Razorback wide receivers JoJo Robinson and Kendrick Edwards.
Those three are expected to be impact players this upcoming season along with incoming junior college transfer Dominique Reed (6-3, 180, 4.3), who was recently cleared by the NCAA and will enroll at Arkansas for the second semester of summer school.
“It certainly is becoming a really good group,” Jones said. “People label us as a running team, but we are going to show in the future that we have some great receivers in this program as well.”