This is huge news for Rodriguez and the Wildcats, as Jones was a top recruit for the class of 2012. The 6-foot-2, 185 pound Jones was right from Austin, Texas and was a five-star recruit as one of the top recruits nationally. He held offers from top programs like Miami, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma but chose the path that most in-state kids do and decided to play for the Longhorns.
Unfortunately, Jones’ time as a Longhorn didn’t go how anybody planned. He rarely saw playing time as a true freshman for Texas, grabbing only two receptions for 35 yards on the season. Jones was expected to compete for a starting job in 2013 but left the program in July amid offseason controversy.
Jones was charged with a second-degree felony after a physical altercation with a Texas tennis player at a nightclub in March. The charge was eventually dropped to a misdemeanor, but Jones decided to transfer anyway and get a new start.
Jones had interest from other schools like Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina and Oklahoma but in the end decided on Arizona. Due to the transfer policies of the NCAA, Jones will be forced to sit out the 2013 football season but will be eligible in 2014.
He will look to be a part of Rodriguez’s high-powered offense, which saw some of his receivers put up huge numbers during his days at Arizona. Jones will also be paired up again with former Longhorn teammate Connor Brewer, who also transferred to Arizona.