Vols trying to mine Texas

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The State of Texas is known nationally for its passion for high school football, especially the Dallas area.

Just north of the city, near Plano, is Wylie East High School. The Raiders have a junior wide receiver that is starting to make some noise on the recruiting circuit — Quan Jones.

At 6-feet-4 1/2, 200 pounds, Jones certainly poses the dimensions of a high-profile wide receiver. Schools are already taking notice with verbal scholarship offers from Arizona, Baylor, Mississippi State and Tennessee. While the Wildcats were the first school to offer, the Volunteers put theirs on the table about two days later, which Jones said "put them high on my list."

Jones, whose mother Villette Jones lives in Memphis, made it to Tennessee's camp in July, where he got a chance to speak with coach Derek Dooley and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. He also spoke with current Vols Justin Hunter, Marlin Lane and Brian Randolph while on The Hill.

"We had some competition out there at the DB spot. They were tough, but I still got the best of them though," Jones said.

Jones wisely made the rounds this fall to get an idea of the recruiting process and for what he wants in a school by taking unofficial visits to Alabama, Baylor, Oklahoma, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M and TCU.

The lengthy playmaker said he "just likes the game of football" and hasn't grown up with a favorite college team.

He attended camp at Norman, Okla., but the Sooners have yet to put a scholarship offer on the table.

When asked to describe himself, the confident Jones wasn't shy.

"I've got good hands, and I'm good with the deep ball," he said. "Plus, I'm real fast for my height. A lot of people say I remind them of A.J. Green."

Wylie East, which runs a Spread offense, saw its 2011 season come to a close with a 25-24 loss to Frisco in the UIL Class 4A Div. II state playoffs on a two-point conversion pass with just 1:33 remaining. The Raiders, coached by Joe Lepsis, ended their season with a record of 8-3.

Jones said he doesn't plan to verbally commit anywhere until he has taken all of his five official visits.

Jones claims a 3.1 GPA with plans to take the ACT in January. He is "still debating" with graduating early but will likely go through his entire senior year of high school. He is thinking of majoring in either engineering or management.


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