Jones Happy To Be a Longhorn

Count Texas wide receiver commitment Cayleb Jones as a player not worried about last year's Longhorn struggles. In fact, part of the reason Jones said he picked Texas was because of the way head coach Mack Brown dealt with those problems.

"I felt like, with the down season, Coach Brown was really genuine," Jones said. "He shot me straight. There were times when he didn't know (what was wrong) himself."

Jones said Brown's honesty helped to push the Longhorn program further in his eyes, though he also added that he was probably going to Texas all along. Jones is incredibly close to his family, especially with his younger brothers and sisters, and said he didn't want to travel far from home. That message was only drilled in more by Auburn wide receiver and former Austin High product Emory Blake, who told Jones how much he missed being away from Austin.

"And beyond all that, I just feel comfortable at Texas," Jones said. "I feel comfortable with the other recruits. I'm already friends with them, and it's a place I feel I could go to school everyday and be happy with it."

In fact, Jones will take classes this summer to try and enroll early.

"I feel like I'm already in Austin and campus is 10 minutes away," Jones said. "I can go ahead and get a jump start on learning the plays, learning the level of competition and trying to raise my game and get stronger."

Jones has made a nice leap in those areas this spring, despite fighting through an ankle sprain.

"My spring is going pretty well," Jones said. "We're just trying to take it one day and one game at a time. Our goal is to make the playoffs, and then go for more after that."

Jones said he's been able to focus more on the upcoming season since committing to Texas, though he admits that some schools have continued to try and get in with the five-star wideout.

"Things have calmed down a lot, though," Jones said. "I'm not focused on it.

"I just want to get stronger, and I've really worked on understanding what defenses are doing," Jones said. "I'm learning the game more as I go, and I'm trying to improve mentally as much as physically."

Scouting Report

Jones was held out of full-contact drills at the practice we attended, wearing shorts rather than football pants because of his ankle. And it was obvious that the ankle robbed him of some of his burst and explosiveness. Still, Jones showed an ability to pick up and put down his feet quickly on his breaks and seems to have stickum drenched all over his hands. He pulled in more than one one-handed catch in the drills that we saw, and made even the difficult grabs look easy. He's a tremendous leaper, and does a great job of getting his body between the defender and the ball. He'll be a tough receiver to stop at the next level, an outside guy capable of pulling down jump balls on fade routes in the end zone or making a difficult catch through contact in the middle of the field.

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