Junior to Watch: Nathan Jones
School: Texarkana (Texas) Texas High
Size and speed: Jones is 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. He has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.48 seconds. He has a 3.2 grade-point average, 250-pound bench press and a 300 pound squat.
Honors: Jones was a first-team all-state receiver after his junior season. He also earned first-team all-district honors as both a receiver and a defensive back.
Statistics: He had 59 receptions for 978 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had 65 solo tackles, 31 assists and 12 pass breakups
Favorite Schools: Jones does have scholarship offers from every team on his early list. It’s a list that includes Texas, LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Florida.
Skinny: When talking about the top player in the state of Texas, if you fail to mention the name Nathan Jones of Texarkana (Texas) Texas High you’d be sadly mistaken. That’s because Jones is one of the state’s elite players and also an early candidate for one of the nation’s best.
But the question is at what position?
Jones said he wants to play receiver in college, but his dual-threat status at receiver and defensive back makes him one of the most versatile prospects around. However, many schools are already lining up to offer him scholarships at receiver.
“I have a lot of offers,” Jones said. “I really don’t have a favorite now, but I will camp this summer at Texas and Oklahoma.”
There is no question the sky is the limit for Jones.
“He’s a natural athlete that is very smooth at everything,” coach Barry Norton said about Jones. “He is a gamebreaker on both sides of the ball. Nathan is very coachable and very smart. His work habits are incredible. His goal is to be the best.”
He might just be.
When it comes to picking a college, Jones said he already has an idea of what he’s looking at.
“I would prefer a hot climate and a team that plays on natural grass,” he said. “But the No. 1 thing I’ll look at is the coaching staff.”
Jones said his sports heroes are Roy Williams, Charles Rogers and Tarrell Owens and Jerry Rice.