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Red Raiders make big impression on standout OL

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Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend Bush offensive tackle Joshua Jones stands tall at 6-foot-6 and 276 pounds. He currently holds offers from Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, North Texas, and Houston with Texas A&M, TCU, and Indiana coming on strong.
The start of spring football has brought several coaches out to practice. Texas A&M and Rice were both at Bush on Tuesday and Indiana has also recently stopped through. Recruiting is picking up nicely for the standout offensive lineman.
"It's actually going really well," Jones said. "Since spring started a lot more schools have been making contact with me. A lot more schools have been coming down. It's been picking up real well."
One school has been showing more attention than the rest though.
"The most attention, that's probably (Texas) Tech," Jones said. "Tech is really showing me the most love right now from all aspects. They're just staying on me because I haven't had that visit yet. They're just staying on me to make sure I try and get up there. They want me to call them every other day, so I can make sure I stay in contact with them and stay updated with their news and stuff like that."
What has he learned about the Red Raider program?
"I know it's a young coaching staff," Jones said. "They have a few old guys there but coach Kingsbury is young and he really has a lot of upside in him. I know he brought in the top quarterback in 2015 I think. They brought him in and they're actually doing some really good recruiting. They got that d-end they stole from Oklahoma. I know they've been doing really well.
"I actually watched them this past year and they picked up from the year before. Because usually I wouldn't watch Tech because I wouldn't think they're going to win, but now they're picking up because I think coach Kingsbury has come in there and turned the campus upside down to win the conference and stuff like that."
Jones has also gotten to know Texas Tech offensive line coach Lee Hays.
"I have. I actually talked to him yesterday," Jones said. "He's a cool guy. He's been staying on me. He said to make sure I stay in the weight room. He's really inspirational. He makes sure I'm straightforward and I stay focused on what I'm doing not only on the football field but off the football field too."
However, it is another Texas Tech coach who has formed the tightest bond with Jones.
"Probably me and coach Jinks from Tech," Jones said. "We have a good relationship there. It's almost like we're buddy buddy now. We crack jokes and things like that."
With all the attention, the Red Raiders have made themselves the current favorite for Jones.
"Tech would probably be the favorite right now because they've shown me the love and they put the offer on top of the love," Jones said.
In addition to the Texas Tech staff, Jones has also developed strong bonds with the coaches at Texas A&M and coach Blacklock at Houston.
This summer Jones does not have any visits scheduled, but he does plan to visit TCU, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech. After the visits and possibly a few camps, Jones hopes to narrow his list and possibly make a summer time decision.
There are a few factors he is looking for in his future college home.
"The whole package would be how I feel when I get up to the school. Like I could be there for the next three years and still be hype about it," Jones said. "Like I could be there for a year and then be there for another year and be like dang, I'm going to such a great school. Then the football side I like an up-tempo offense. I really up-tempo. I like really moving the ball and forcing it down their throat."
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