- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Chris Jones has decided to leave the Texas football program.
The redshirt freshman wide receiver is the third player to transfer from Texas since the start of school. The other two were quarterbacks Connor Wood (Colorado) and quarterback Garrett Gilbert (SMU).
"This was a very tough decision, but I want to get closer to home for personal reasons with my family," Jones said in a released statement. "I love Texas, and I've been with these guys for two years, and we're family, but things don't always go according to the plan that you make."
Jones came to Texas after a highly decorated prep career at Daingerfield (Texas) High School. He helped Daingerfield to back-to-back 2A Division II State Championships and a 30-2 record from 2008-09. In that span, he recorded 64 catches for 1,475 yards and 17 TDs and 611 rushing yards and nine TDs.
"We appreciate everything Chris has done for the program," head coach Mack Brown said in a statement. "He felt he needed to be closer to his family and we understand and respect that. We wish nothing but success for him in the future."
Jones, who has not yet decided where he is transferring, never became a viable option for Texas at wide receiver. After redshirting, he watched as freshman Jaxon Shipley and Miles Onyegbule make strides with the offense through the first seven games.
Jones had not seen any action in 2011.
Texas, which is thin at wide receiver, has a commitment from Cayleb Jones, a top three wide receiver in the ESPNU 150. Texas is also still in the hunt for the nation’s top prep receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
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