Daingerfield's Chris Jones Makes Five

The fifth commitment of the day was Daingerfield slot receiver prospect Chris Jones. The 5-11, 170 pound explosive playmaker is coming off a small town hero season as a junior leading Daingerfield to the 2A D-II state title and the school's first since 1985.

Chris Jones, AP second team all-state at receiver, hauled in 42 passes for 1,045 yards and 12 scores as well as rushing for nearly 350 yards and six additional touchdowns in addition to returning kicks and punts for the state champions.

Jones said it was the family atmosphere that sold him on the Longhorns.

"I got down to Austin last night," Jones said. "We just basically met all the coaches and were showed around. Texas showed me they were all about being a family and more than athletics," Jones added.

Jones, who was recruited to play slot receiver, says getting to know Mack Brown was key.

"We talked and got to know one another. We got to where we opened up and just talked. I don't open up to many people," Jones said.

The track regional qualifier in five events as a sophomore said having the chance to play at a program such as Texas makes him both proud and excited.

"I mean, where I come from, I always had hopes of going to a school like Texas. It makes me feel proud and excited to have this opportunity," Jones said, who picked the Longhorns over offers from TCU, Texas A&M and Baylor.

Daingerfield head coach Barry Bowman says Jones is everything you want in a football player and athlete.

"I think that, first off, he's a hard worker. He's an extremely explosive playmaker. He's a coachable kid and an unselfish player. He does whatever you ask him to do," Bowman said.

Jones will compete in five events again this year for the Daingerfield track team, the 4x100 meter, 4x200 meter and 4x400 meter relays and the long jump and high jump.

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