PA line­man says yes to Ra­zor­backs af­ter visit

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE - RICHARD DAVEN­PORT

Pu­laski Academy of­fen­sive line­man Luke Jones, who vis­ited the University of Arkansas, Fayet­teville with his par­ents Wed­nes­day, has orally com­mit­ted to the Ra­zor­backs.

Jones, 6-5, 290 pounds, had schol­ar­ship of­fers from Ore­gon, Ari­zona State, Mis­souri, Vir­ginia, Iowa State, Tu­lane and sev­eral oth­ers. An older brother will be a sopho­more at the university this fall.

“Ob­vi­ously grow­ing up in Arkansas, you have to like Arkansas foot­ball,” Jones said. “So I’ve al­ways had that on my side and my brother is up there. I know a bunch of peo­ple up there, so I’ll have a great sup­port sys­tem. I’ve al­ways wanted to visit the cam­pus, and when I did that, I just felt like I fit in so­cially, aca­dem­i­cally and on the field.”

Jones re­ceived an of­fer from the Ra­zor­backs af­ter a strong show­ing at the June 18 prospect camp. He in­formed Coach Bret

Bielema, of­fen­sive line coach Kurt Anderson and tight ends coach Barry Lun­ney Jr. of his de­ci­sion Satur­day about noon.

“Coach B is pumped about it too,” Jones said. “He’s re­ally

happy to get me up there next fall.”

Jones started for the Bru­ins as a sopho­more and opened eyes with an im­pres­sive per­for­mance against for­mer Hope de­fen­sive end McTelvin Agim dur­ing the 2015 Class 5A play­offs. Agim is now a sopho­more at Arkansas.

Jones said Arkansas’ coaches said his size, smarts and ath­leti­cism make him a can­di­date to play all five spots on the of­fen­sive line.

“They just told me I should just be ready for any of the five and that I’m a ver­sa­tile player and I’m good with that,” Jones said.

The Ra­zor­backs’ coach­ing staff and sup­port staff won over Jones dur­ing the visit last week.

“The staff was crazy nice,” said Jones, who re­ports a 3.4 grade-point av­er­age and plans to ma­jor in busi­ness. “I liked ev­ery sin­gle per­son that was there. Ev­ery­one was help­ful and wanted to make sure I got ev­ery­thing out of the visit.”

Jones might not be done grow­ing.

His fa­ther, Chris, who is 6 feet, 8 inches tall, played bas­ket­ball at Oua­chita Bap­tist University and his older brother grew 2 inches this past year while at Arkansas.

Jones be­comes the No. 10 com­mit­ment for the 2018 class and fifth in-state prospect to pledge to the Hogs.


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