Oklahoma City, Okla. (Northeast Academy HS)
The Particulars -- All-state pick ... all-star pick in 4A-West by the Oklahoma Football Coaches' Association ... also named all-city and all-district ... threw for 1,713 yards and 13 touchdowns while running for 679 yards and six touchdowns ... suffered a broken thumb as a junior, and played only four games ... all-district as a sophomore ... finished career with 4,073 passing yards and 24 touchdowns, as well as 1,321 rushing yards and 12 scores ... named to SuperPrep's all-Midlands team ... ranked among Rivals' Top 25 dual-threat quarterbacks, and Rivals' Oklahoma Top 15 ... on Scout.com's Oklahoma Top 20 list ... on collegefootballnews.com's list of top 55 quarterbacks ... coached by Ron Kroeger ... lettered in basketball and track ... regional long jump champion ... state track qualifier.
Seals' scouting report – Given ISU's returning two-deep at quarterback and addition of Brice Beck, Jones' tenure as a quarterback could be short-lived. But the athletic strong-armed player will be given an opportunity to prove himself. He's another versatile athlete that could play a number of positions, including wide receiver.
ISU quarterbacks coach Todd Fitch on Jones -- "He's a very good athlete and tremendous kid. I liked the way he approached things and his demeanor. I think he can help our football team in a lot of ways. People are making some comparisons to Seneca Wallace, and I think Houston has very good footwork and skills. We had to take Houston somehow, because I thought he could help us win football games. We've got to refine some of his skills as a passer in some of the mechanical things. His arm strength is good and there were times I saw him snap it off pretty well. He has good size and makeup to really be a good player."
Short-term outlook – If he remains at quarterback, Jones will be afforded plenty of time to develop his skills as a quarterback. Either way, he's likely looking at a redshirt season.