After some personal family issues, it was time for Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards high school wide receiver Anthony Jones to make a switch and that move was half way across the country to tradition-rich Texas where the four-star Jones is now at Arlington (Texas) Seguin high school.
In only its fourth year in existence, Seguin high school enters its second season as a varsity squad on the Texas high school landscape. Coach Ricky Albus honestly is glad this transfer didn't start out like most do.
"It seems like the majority of the time when you have move-ins, they all come in with the same stories," Albus said. "They tell you how many years they played and all this and all that. I would say 99 percent of the time, it's no where near the case."
"Of course when Anthony came in, he said he was ranked. It was nice to finally have one when you pull up Rivals.com, and there he is."
Rickards had their wide receiver coach off the sideline for a while due to illness, so coach Albus took over those duties during the first few days of practice with Jones. It hit him immediately about what type of player he got.
"I was throwing balls and I kind of said, 'wow this kid can play,'" Albus said. "He started running routes and you see he does have game. He's been a great addition with us so far. Already he's averaging about 120 yards per game on only like seven or eight catches each time. He's got a few touchdowns as well."
While it seems like Jones is fitting great on the team, many wonder what kind of regional effect this will have on his recruitment. Southeastern schools like Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Ole Miss are a big portion of his impressive offer list.
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Nebraska (who has offered) are expecting to join the mix.
"It hasn't been a flood of calls yet, but Oklahoma State was the most recent one I remember," Albus said. "He and I have not officially sat down and laid things out. Our biggest thing right now is trying to keep him on the right track to get graduated as we move through the process."
"As far as the process, it tends to take care of itself if the kid can play. If the kid can play, the recruiters have a tendency to show up."
It appears that Jones, on his new stage in North Texas, is already shining and will probably see more schools knocking on his door inside of Big 12 country as his process moves along.