Just a little less than two years ago, Smackover wide receiver Jordan Jones jumped in as the first member of Arkansas’ 2016 recruiting class and he never looked back.
Jones (6-3, 186, 4.37) is one of several members of that 2016 signing class that will arrive in Fayetteville this Memorial Day weekend and get their college career underway next week.
“It’s certainly going to be different to be only my own, but I am ready for what’s about to come next and I’m excited about getting up there and getting to work,” Jones said. “I feel like I am ready.”
Arkansas offered Jones on June 19, 2014 after one of its camps i he stayed strong even as Alabama and other came after him.
“I pretty much was locked in from day one and didn’t think about going anywhere else,” Jones said. “I grew up wanting to be a Razorback and it’s finally my time.”
His recruitment did bring excitement to Smackover.
“It was kind of cool for the younger guys to get to see the Arkansas coaches and coaches like Nick Saban from Alabama,” Jones said. “I hope it made them think that if they put in the hard work that things could come to them like they have for me.
“All I have to say is God is good for leading me to this day.”
Saban asked Jones to at least take a visit to Alabama and he admits to calling Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and saying that he might do so.
“Coach Bielema basically told me that if I visited Alabama, I would need to de-commit from Arkansas because he wanted me to be all in,” Jones said. “It shocked me at first, but I know that he just wanted me to be a Razorback and they had been on me for so long.
“So I didn’t take any other visits but the one to Arkansas and I know it is the right choice for me.”
Jones caught 36 passes for 721 yards and 11 touchdowns, rushed for 150 yards, passed for 149 and had 19 tackles and four interceptions as a senior.
Bielema brought up Jones as a player that could see time as a true freshmen even though Arkansas is loaded with wide receivers.
“It felt good to hear him say that,” Jones said. “I am just going to come up there, learn from the older guys, get in the playbook and do whatever I can to get on the field.”
He is anxious to begin working out with fellow wideouts like Dominque Reed, Drew Morgan, Keon Hatcher and Jared Cornelius.
“Those are guys that have been there and made plays and I know I can learn a lot by listening and just watching them work,” Jones said.
He has been putting him time working out as he prepares to arrive in Fayetteville.
“Arkansas sent me an eight-week workout plan and I kind of put that together with the workouts I was already doing with my trainer,” Jones said. “I am good to go.”