Dynamic Dragon

In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson catches up with Junction City defensive tackle Byran Jones (6-2, 300) and his thoughts on the his recruiting process. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free, as is an offer to attend a Razorback game. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner.

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When there is a 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive terror playing high school football in your state, it's expected that young man would become the feature of many University of Arkansas fans.

Such is the case with Junction City star Byran Jones, who heard the rumors last week that he was near committing to the Razorbacks.


"I heard people saying that, but I think it is a little too early for that right now, sir," Jones said. "I am coming to their camp (on June 7-9) and I'll have a chance to see everything then."

That's right, a chance to take a look at the campus and the football program for the first time before actually committing to being there for the next four or five years.

What a novel idea for a prospect that is a 3-star one in Scout.com rankings, but expected to jump up when film of him gets out.

Jones – who actually lives a few miles into Louisiana - has offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe to this point.

One thing that is true is that Arkansas assistant coach Tim Horton does have the big man interested.

"I really like Tim Horton," Jones said. "He is a very nice man. We have been getting to know each other. He's been learning about me and what I like and I have been doing the same with him. I am very, very impressed with him. He seems like a great guy and a great coach."

Jones, who was already 265 pounds in the seventh grade, helped lead Junction City to a 14-0 mark and the Class 2A state title, but he is hesitant to take too much credit.

"It was everybody that got us there," Jones said. "It was the offense, the defense, the special teams. We couldn't have done it without every player we had on the team. It was like the whole nine yards. That's what made it so great."

The season ended with Junction City kicking a last-second field goal to lift the Dragons to a 10-8 win over Des Arc in the championship game.

"It was just a great feeling, sir, a great feeling that I will never forget," Jones said. "It was so special to share that with my teammates. We worked so hard to do that."

Jones, while hesitant to talk about himself, finally admitted he's a pretty good player as evidenced by the fact he was named the Class 2A player of the year by the Little Rock Touchdown Club.

Jones had over 100 tackles again this season with 15 sacks and has over 300-plus since starting to play high school football as a ninth grader.

"I am good against the run, good against the pass, I'm big and I pretty fast," Jones said. "But I really don't like to talk about myself that much. I like to talk more about my teammates and give them the credit."

Byran Jones holds up his award after being name the player of the game in the Class 2A title game.

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