Recruiting: NMSU Game Visitor Nathan Jones

The highest-ranked UT wide receiver commit was in Austin for the NMSU game, as were several other commitments and a legacy recruit, to take in the season-opening win for the 2003 version of the Texas Longhorns.

"I took an unofficial there and have to say that I liked everything about it," Nathan Jones, Texas' first '04 wide receiver commit told IT. "The atmosphere was great!"

Of course, the drizzly weather was not, but Jones said the 83,000+ attending the game "were into it and didn't miss a beat" and that he purchased a poncho for himself at halftime in order to stay dry.

Aside from all of that, Jones' future college football team played its first game of the season and despite a sluggish start from the O, Jones was pleased with the overall performance.

"I enjoyed watching the offense, defense and special teams."

It's been awhile since we last caught up with the standout pass-catcher so wanted to see if he remains strong and firm in his commitment to UT.

"I really enjoyed my unofficial visit to Austin and I'm definitely firm in my commitment to Texas," he said.

High School Notes: Jones said his first game was against Nacogdoches. With senior starting QB Chris Marshall trying to get over mononucleosis, Texarkana Texas High's offense was quarterbacked by freshman Ryan Mallet, who is a name to remember, but who lacks experience.

Needless to say, that impacted Jones' stats just a bit. The No. 12-rated prospect on the Texas Top 100 said he caught four passes for just 25 yards.

However, playing both ways, he made a big play while manning the free safety position on the D when he returned a pick 92 yards for a score.

Nacogdoches was too smart to give Jones, also his team's punt returner, any ops to produce special team's points or any added momentum.

Next game on the schedule for Jones' squad (Texas High) is out-of-state rival (Arkansas High) for their annual state-line battle, or shall I say, the battle for bragging rights for the 2003 season over who can play high school ball better, Texas high schoolers or Arkansas high schoolers. (Just a week later, the Texas Longhorn-Arkansas Razorback game will also feature a similar storyline.)

Note: Others recruits at the game included current UT commits RB Jacob Hester, WR Jordan Shipley, OL Greg Dolan, S Andrew Kelson, WR George Walker, DB Bobby Tatum, DT Derek Lokey, WR Myron Hardy and TE Peter Ullman and uncommitted prospect WR/TE Kenton Thornton.

Horns Digest Top Stories