2013 Texas QB impresses at satellite camp

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners already have their 2013 quarterback.

Or so they think.

But that didn't stop Sooner co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel from praising one of the most impressive 2013 signal callers at OU's San Antonio satellite camp just a couple days ago.

East Central HS quarterback Christian Jones, who is hearing from the likes of Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Mississippi State, among others, caught Heupel's eye.

Enough for him to make a lasting comment on the 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect.

"At first, you know, we were just like talking," Jones said. "And I had thought he had a quarterback committed in 2013 already, and he said yes. But I started throwing while he just kept on telling me that I was doing stuff right. And a couple of times, of course, he corrected me on some stuff.

"But at the end of the camp, he told me to keep in contact with him."

Keep in contact with him. Even though OU already has a verbal in from dual-sport signal caller Cody Thomas, a four-star out of Colleyville Heritage HS.

But, as this might indicate, there's some uncertainty as to whether Thomas will remain committed to football or elect to pursue the professional baseball route, where he's expected to be a high draft pick next year.

So, no doubt, the coaching staff must still have their eyes open at least some, even if they have a host of four quarterbacks, including Blake Bell, Drew Allen, Kendal Thompson and Trevor Knight, set to return this time next year.

That's just what these satellite camps and all camps, for that matter, are for.

After interacting with Heupel for the first time, Jones not only came out of it satisfied that the Sooners were at the very least impressed with what they saw, but also feeling like he developed a positive relationship unlike some of the others he's made at various schools that are showing interest in him.

"I honestly liked him a lot," Jones said of Heupel. "Like I went to other college camps, of course, and you know you get to evaluate the coaches as well and I didn't really necessarily--like I didn't like those coaches. You know what I mean? Like I didn't necessarily know them. But it was their first impression I really didn't like. Kinda like I didn't like them like I liked him.

"He was just like real cool and when he told me stuff, he told me [and] he wasn't rude about it or he wasn't acting like he wasn't a human how some of the other quarterback coaches act. He was real down to earth and I liked that."

Jones even went so far as to say he could see himself at OU should an offer ever come.

"I mean, shoot, Oklahoma's a great place and I like him a lot, so I wouldn't have a problem going there at all," Jones admitted. "I would love to go there actually."

Whether or not that offer arrives is unknown and circumstantially it seems unlikely just based on the depth at the position, plus Thomas' current commitment, but one never knows.

And for that, he's just as motivated as ever to improve this summer heading into his final season of high school ball.

"Really it's just, of course, getting faster, losing some weight, losing a little bit of weight and strengthening my arm and continuing to become more accurate," said the signal caller who's been working out with former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Sean Salisbury. "And, of course, you can always become a better leader."

He's got the same goal every other Texas state high school football player has, too, looking ahead to fall 2012.

"State, that's what we play for," Jones said. "We have a very talented team. My buddy Austin Jupe just committed to Baylor the day before yesterday, so he plays corner and he's gonna be going to receiver a little bit as well. My brother Jeremy's been getting some attention from Oklahoma as well, so you know, we have a very talented team."

His other personal goal: to start racking in the offers.

OU is now on that list of ones he's looking for.

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