UT in Jones' top three

Class of 2016 four-star defensive tackle Kendell Jones (Killeen, Texas/Shoemaker) had already squashed the eye test for the Longhorns, who offered the behemoth 6-foot-4, 300-pounder months ago.

So Sunday was his opportunity to show the coaching staff what he could do during Texas' first summer camp under Charlie Strong.

From the sounds of it, he did exactly what you'd think he'd do: dominate.

"I think I did about 80 or 90 percent today," he said. "It was tough, I have to give them that."

It was hot outside and the Longhorns staff wasn't taking it easy on the camp participants. That included Jones, one of the biggest names in attendance, both literally and figuratively.

"Any off-sides, five up-and-downs," he said. "Hey, it's all part of football. I've always known that Texas is a very strong program. All they do is work.

"I went out there and performed but I still feel like I didn't perform my best. [I've got to get better at] beating my blocks, staying in my right gap, quicker hands, better feet. I have to work on all that to be a better college player."

Jones had already been down to Austin for a junior day and speaks frequently with the staff. That comfort level has Texas sitting in good position for one of the top players in the country.

"I mean they are definitely in my top three that I really like," he said. "I can't chose where I want to go yet."

"I mean they are definitely in my top three that I really like," he said. "I can't chose where I want to go yet."

What exactly does he like about Texas?

"What I want to major in in college is mechanical engineering, and they have a great program for that," he said. "So that is one of the things I like. And their strength and conditioning program for football is very, very excellent. It was fun today. Besides the heat, it was fun."

Jones is also very comfortable with the coaching staff and the way they treat him.

"Charlie [Strong] treats me no different than any other person," he said. "I'm just another person that wants to be recruited. Everything is great. Coach [Chris] Rumph, we have a great relationship as well. He's a funny guy. He is very funny. He has so much pumped up energy. He's fun to work with. I like him."

Jones is one of 12 2016 recruits with offers from Texas and the second defensive tackle along with Ed Oliver (Houston/Westfield). He also has offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M.

He'll visit Baylor next week for a camp and will likely be back down to Austin for a game this fall.


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