Junction City defensive lineman Byran Jones finally got his first look at the University of Arkansas this weekend and left impressed.
"It's like I thought – very big and nice up this way," said Jones, who had never made the trip to Fayetteville before this weekend. "It's different (from Junction City)."
Jones (6-2, 300), who is one of four in-state 2010 prospects to have an offer from the Razorbacks, stuck around on Saturday as Southwest Elite Combine in Springdale.
"I got a chance to eat at the Catfish Hole, that is where the team eats at," Jones said. "I got a chance to meet all the coaching staff and I got a chance to meet the academic staff."
The young man – who lives in Louisiana, but goes to school in Arkansas - has spent a lot of time developing a relationship with Arkansas assistant Tim Horton.
"Tim Horton, me and him sit down and talk like we been knowing each other for a long time now," Jones said. "I call him, he calls me."
Jones, who had over 100 tackles for his 14-0 state championship squad, has offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe.
He is not in a hurry to make a decision.
"I am just going to wait it out," Jones said. "Arkansas stands high in my charts, but I am just going to wait it out."
He plans to spend the summer working to improve on what most recruiting experts think are his strengths.
He has been clocked in as low as a 4.8 40-yard dash and ran a 5.18 on a slow surface on Saturday at the combine, which had over 140 athletes on hand.
"I am working on getting faster and stronger," Jones said. "That's about it. I feel good about my 40 today."
Jones plans to be a leader for his team again this season – certainly even this summer.
"We had a team meeting before we got out of school," Jones said. "Everybody is going to come to the fieldhouse 20 days out of the summer. If you are not here, we are going to call and talk to you about it."
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