NCF On The Trail: Tyler Jones

SEC class rankings analysis 

October, 2, 2013

For the fifth straight week, there is very little change in Recruiting Nation's class rankings. Thirteen of the 14 SEC teams are ranked in the top 40, including nine of the top 16, and top-ranked Alabama is holding a big lead over any and all pursuers.

Trending up: There isn’t a team in the class rankings that has the ability to ascend as much as LSU in the coming months. That march towards a possible top-3 class began Monday with a commitment by No. 216 overall Davon Godchaux (Plaquemine, La./Plaquemine High).

OL Tyler Jones switches to NC State

October, 1, 2013
North Carolina State has lured three-star offensive tackle Tyler Jones (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) away from his pledge to Mississippi State, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-3, 287-pound prospect originally selected the Bulldogs in June. His other offers included Cincinnati, UConn, Iowa State, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio State, Samford, South Florida, UAB and UCF.

Jones posted a 5.78 40-yard dash, 4.73 20-yard shuttle, 25-inch vertical, 36-foot power throw and 57.15 SPARQ this spring at a Nike Combine.

State champ Jones still Bobcats solid 

December, 17, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas – There he was -- smile on his face, bleached hair in effect -- celebrating a Texas Class 3A Division I state championship on the Cowboys Stadium turf with his teammates. It was the perfect way for quarterback Tyler Jones (Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville) to go out.

It was also the perfect way for him to prepare for life as a college quarterback. Jones, who has verbally committed to Texas State, put up insane numbers in a 70-35 win against El Campo, Texas. He completed 24 of 31 passes (77.4 percent) for 422 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed 12 times for 126 yards and four touchdowns.

For those without a calculator, Jones accounted for 547 total yards and nine touchdowns. Stephenville as a unit had 621 total yards in the win. He was named the game's offensive MVP for his efforts.

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Every week through the football season, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson and Max Olson will break down five things they learned while on the road at Texas high school football games. From the latest on Longhorn commits and offers to game observations to players who caught their attention, they've got you covered. Here’s what they saw this weekend:

William’s game: Waco La Vega vs. Stephenville
Max’s game: Cypress Woods vs. Cypress Ridge

1. Tough night for Davis
Manny Diaz traveled down to Cypress, Texas, on Thursday night to watch his future linebacker Deoundrei Davis in action. He did not catch Cypress Woods on a good night.

[+] EnlargeDeoundrei Davis and his mother
Courtesy Davis FamilyLonghorns linebacker commit Deoundrei Davis is still on track to enroll at Texas in the spring.
Its foe, Cypress Ridge, put up 28 points and 299 total yards of offense in the first quarter en route to a 54-21 blowout victory. Once Ridge hit 21-0 with two scores in a span of two minutes, you knew this one was going to be ugly.

Davis recorded four tackles and a tackle for loss, at least by my count. He provided a few hard hits, but all in all it was a rough night for a Cy Woods defense that gave up 519 total yards.

The good news that Diaz will be happy to hear: Davis is still very firm in his pledge to Texas. According to his parents, he remains on track to graduate in December and will enroll at UT for the spring. -- Max Olson

2. Keep an eye on Arnett
Class of 2014 prospect Javon Arnett (Waco, Texas/La Vega) is billed as one of the top running backs in the state, and that’s presumably why Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite went to watch him on Friday.

Problem was, Arnett played strictly safety until he finally got his chance on offense -- as a slot receiver -- with 1:22 remaining in the first half. Applewhite, who watched from the La Vega sideline during the first half, appeared to leave at halftime.

He didn’t miss much in the second half as Arnett didn’t factor much into a game Stephenville easily won 43-22. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound speedster was only targeted a handful of times and didn’t record a reception. But his athleticism was easy to see on the throws that were intended for him, including in the endzone late in the first half when he nearly hauled in a touchdown over two defenders.

Even though he didn’t do much on Friday I believe he and Applewhite will be having plenty of conversations down the road. –- William Wilkerson

3. Warrick is the real deal
With Ricky Seals-Jones, Robbie Rhodes and Torii Hunter Jr. no longer options for Texas, there’s an awful lot of attention right now on who the Longhorns will pursue to fill the third receiver spot in this class.

Don’t overlook one of the guys who’s already in this class, though: Jacorey Warrick.

On Saturday, with his quarterback injured and his team in need of a leader, Warrick stepped up. He caught five passes for 44 yards and a touchdown and even ran for 68 yards and another score on five carries out of the Wildcat formation. Thanks to those big contributions, Cy Falls pulled off a 29-7 win over Cy Creek despite having two quarterbacks sidelined by injuries. I got to visit Warrick and Cy Falls on Friday, and his coaches vow he has been the real deal this season.

Through three games, Warrick has 424 receiving yards, 104 yards on the ground and six touchdowns. He’s averaging 16.3 yards per play on his offensive touches and has scored touchdowns on nearly a fourth of them.

Warrick told me he hoped Hunter Jr. would be Texas’ third receiver pledge -- they met at The Opening in Oregon this summer -- but the Longhorns might be fine without him. In Warrick, they already have a talented ESPN 150 slot receiver. -- Max Olson

4. Texas State commitment shines
It makes you wonder why Class of 2013 wide receiver Brice Gunter (Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville) only has offers from Texas State and Air Force when you see him perform like he did Friday.

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Brice Gunter still solid with Texas State 

September, 10, 2012
After scoring a road win against Houston two weekends ago in its very first game as an FBS program, Texas State was humbled at home Saturday by Texas Tech.

One player who didn’t look at the 58-10 loss to the Red Raiders sideways is their highest-rated commitment, ESPN 300 receiver Brice Gunter (Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville). The four-star prospect made the trip with teammate and fellow Texas State commit Tyler Jones, as well as their fathers, and said he enjoyed the environment of the FBS’ newest competitor.

“The atmosphere was great,” Gunter said, “and the buzz they talked about was definitely there.”

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – One of the most impressive teams at the Texas State 7-on-7 Championships have two players expecting to put on Texas State Bobcats jerseys in 2013.

And although wide receiver Brice Gunter and quarterback Tyler Jones committed to the Bobcats, many feel both players will have multiple opportunities to decommit and choose a different place to go.

Gunter and Jones made it clear on Thursday: Don’t expect a decommitment.

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Tyler Jones is No. 1 for Texas State 

June, 12, 2012
Texas State was the first school that wanted to invest in the potential of quarterback Tyler Jones (Stephenville, Texas), as the Bobcats offered him in May. On Tuesday, Jones decided to return the love and become a part of a program looking to make some noise in FBS football.

Jones verbally committed to Texas State and became the Bobcats’ first commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound gunslinger chose Texas State over an offer from New Mexico, but he also had received interest from TCU, Houston, SMU, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech.

Recruited by defensive tackles coach Reuben Vaughn, Jones said helping Texas State’s move from FCS to FBS play had some impact on his decision. The choice primarily was made because of how he felt about the coaching staff.

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Fresh off a Dallas Under Armour Sevens championship, Tyler Jones (Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville) is hoping the 7-on-7 football schedule transitions into multiple positives.

Jones, from a team perspective, hopes his team will gain added recognition and respect, particularly being a Texas school that dropped from Class 4A to Class 3A and competing against teams in higher classifications. From an individual perspective, Jones is hoping to use 7-on-7 to gain additional interest from college recruiters.

Currently, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound signal-caller has an offer from Texas State, and defensive tackles coach Reuben Vaughn is his primary contact. Jones also has interest from Houston, Texas Tech, SMU and Louisiana Tech.

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