June 15, 2009

Four-star DT happy about State offer

Byran Jones is one of the strongest high school athletes in the state of Arkansas.

The 6-foot-3, 297-pounder is tied for the state record with a 315-pound power clean and also bench presses an impressive 380-pounds and maxes out in squat at 585-pounds. Jones is also putting together a remarkable list of scholarship offers for his work on the gridiron.

Jones is a four-star defensive tackle for perennial powerhouse Junction City. He already had scholarships from Mississippi State, Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana Tech but picked up two more last week from Baylor and Oklahoma of the Big 12.

Jones helped guide the Dragons to a perfect 13-0 record last season and a Class 2A State Championship. Jones was named the most valuable player of the title game making 10 tackles, including 6 solos and 5 1/2 tackles in the 10-8 win over Des Arc.

Jones also put up staggering numbers his first two seasons on the varsity level making 102 tackles including 20 for loss and six sacks as a sophomore and 53 tackles and 12 sacks as a freshman for Junction City.

Jones also competes in the shot put on the Dragons track team and wants to compete in both basketball and baseball as a senior.

Jones has kept a low profile this summer only competing in the Southwest Elite combine and has yet to attend a camp. The only camp that is on his summer slate at the moment is an LSU camp during July.

But even as his popularity begins to spread around recruiting circles, Jones has kept a level head a plans to make his decision to commit whenever the time is right.

"I'm going to wait and see how it all plays out," Jones said.

One offer that Jones was glad to get was from Mississippi State.

"Coach Melvin Smith came down and talked to me," Jones said. "He seemed like a pretty good guy. Me and him talked over the phone and he said they were offering me. I was pretty happy about that offer."

Jones stated that Smith came to meet with him one day this spring before he left for a track meet and sat down briefly for a face-to-face introduction.

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