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February 13, 2011Austin High wide receiver Cayleb Jones is one of the country's top talents, and he already has an impressive list of scholarship offers that reflect his skill set on the field and drive off the field.
On Sunday, the 6-3, 198-pound standout added to his list with an offer from the Texas Longhorns during a junior day visit to the Forty Acres.
Texas is a program that has been on Jones for a long while and Jones has made repeated visits to the UT campus over the past couple years. Despite the familiarity with the Texas program and head coach Mack Brown, Jones said Sunday's visit did not disappoint.
"Overall, I think it was a really good day. Every time I go to talk to coach Mack, he always says something very insightful, something I take in and really think about," Jones said. "It's never a waste of time when I go over there. It always means a lot to me and my family."
Joined by a number of other top prospects at the junior day, Jones spent the day getting better acquainted with some of the players on hand and the Texas coaching staff. He talked with just about every coach on the UT staff and spent time hanging out with top prospects Johnathan Gray and Thomas Johnson.
At this point, Gray has no other visits on his calendar.
"I'm just taking it day by day. I'm not really in any rush," he said.
While a lot of prospects may spend their time bending the ear of only their position coach, Jones takes a big picture approach and tried to learn as much about the UT program as he could from top to bottom.
"I talked to pretty much everyone, including some of the defensive coaches. I tried to talk to as many people as I could to get to know everybody," Jones said. "You're not always going to go to a school for just the coaches. I've learned that for the past few months. You have to be around the school, the players. Any coach can leave, a school is not leaving. I've learned you have to to like a school for the school itself."
Jones is already holding close to 15 formal scholarship offers and he's keeping his options open at this stage. Though he has no formal pecking order, Texas is one of the programs that figures to remain in the mix as the process carries on.
"I don't really have a top, but there are nothing but good things I can say about Texas. It's a prestigious university. The way coach Brown runs things, the way he and Miss Sally (Brown) run things, the way they got everything back on track so fast, it's unbelievable. It's a very prestigious program.
"Now I just have to sort through things, take it day by day."
As a junior, Jones hauled in 63 receptions for 860 yards and 8 touchdowns despite missing four games due to injury. He's ranked No. 2 on the most recent Lone Star Recruiting Top 100.