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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Dallas S gets positive feedback from Texas

By William Wilkerson

ESPN Watch List prospect Dylan Sumner-Gardner (West Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) was the only safety to get offered on Saturday at Texas’ second junior day.

But one to keep an eye on in the future is Jyaz Jones (Dallas/South Oak Cliff).

Jones made the trip to Austin with a few of his teammates and heard some positive news from Longhorns defensive backs coach Duane Akina.

“Coach Akina told me that he wanted me to come to his camp,” Jones said. “He is feeling me and approves of me. He wants to offer me but he needs some film on me.”

Akina wouldn’t have gotten a chance to watch Jones play last season due to a hamstring injury that cost him his entire junior season.

Despite that, Jones has garnered offers from Colorado State, Iowa, New Mexico State and Texas Tech. But he knows more are coming once he steps on the field as a senior.

“All the coaches I’ve talked to want to offer me bad, but they want film first,” he said. “I understand it but it’s frustrating.”

Jones (6-foot, 180 pounds) is hopeful that Texas will be one to offer. He loved what he saw on Saturday and could see himself in burnt orange if given the chance.

“It was my favorite junior day so far,” he said. “The practice was a great experience for me. I was right there up close. I was watching Quandre Diggs a bunch.”

Jones plans on getting back down to Texas for one of its summer camps. He will also try to attend camps at Baylor and Iowa.