Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
WR Jones hoping for Hog offer
Smackover sophomore receiver Jordan Jones is one of the more promising in-state prospects in his class.
While the 2015 class of prospects in Arkansas is getting rave reviews, the 2016 class is also looking promising.
The Razorbacks have extended three scholarship offers to sophomores and receiver Jordan Jones is another that has a chance to receive one.
Jones, 6-2, 170, 4.45 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Smackover is drawing interest from Arkansas and Memphis. Hogs’ tight end coach Barry Lunney Jr. visited the school about two weeks ago to check on Jones. Video highlights CLICK HERE
“I’m from Arkansas, so I’ve always cheered for them” Jones said. “My dad is a huge Arkansas fan, so hands down that’s where he’s always wanted me to play. I like them a lot.”
Jones recorded 25 receptions for 687 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season along with having 2 interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. He effort along with his talent are his strengths.
“I just try to use my ability and use my height and my speed to my advantage,” Jones said. “I try and go out there and make every play a big play. I think I’m a threat to take it to the house every time I touch the ball.”
He plans to make several visits in the spring.
“I’ll definitely be going up to Arkansas,” he said. “Arkansas will probably be one my first stops.”
Asked to name his favorite Razorback, Jones was quick to say running back Jonathan Williams.
“I just like his style, he’s a dog,” said Jones, whose uncle, Jeff Savage played running back for the Hogs in the early 90's. “He works every play and he gets tough yards. He’s just a great teammate. There’s nothing wrong about him. I just like the way he plays and carries himself.”
Jones, who has a 3.0 grade point average, said an offer from Arkansas would be a big deal.
“It would mean a lot, being from Arkansas and always cheering the Hogs on TV and seeing them have success,” Jones said. “It would just mean a lot to me.”
He hopes to pursue a career in broadcasting after his playing days.
“If I didn’t make it pass the college level, I would want to be a broadcaster,” Jones said. “I just have a love for the game.”