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Nevada ATH Anthony Jones commits to Texas

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On his visit to Austin from Las Vegas, 2022 ATH Anthony Jones decided this was where he wanted to play college football.

A product of Liberty High School, Jones chose the Longhorns over Oregon and Miami. He was a one-time Washington commit before backing off his pledge in February.

Excerpt from the Recruiting Notebook

How he fits at Texas: Jones played as an off ball linebacker in his sophomore year at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, and had some pretty solid film. He was good at blitzing either the edge or inside, blowing up blockers, and creating problems with his power and length. His junior year didn’t happen and now he’s entering his senior year at 6-foot-5, 242 pounds. He’d been committed in the past to Pete Kwiatkowski at Washington but is now open to following him down south to Austin and was told “Joe Tryon” was a potential future for him, Tryon played as an X-backer at Washington. Jones is already bigger entering his senior year than Tryon was coming out of high school so he might have upside moving over to Jack as well and his strength and hands at the point of attack could give him flexibility to play either end spot. – IB

Coach Says
Strengths – Tall linebacker playing mostly off-ball on the weak side. Appears proportionate with good room to add bulk. Shows good acceleration and speed for the position. An active blitzer with good burst through the gap. Arrives at the ball with a nose for contact. Aggressively attacking blockers with good power on contact. Good in downfield coverage. Judges the ball well and makes a play at the mesh point.

Areas for Improvement/Concern: I’d really like to see this kid get his head out of the way when he tackles. Gets a bit upright on contact and can lose leverage. Not consistently breaking down on the available film. Special teams highlights are borderline. Not sure they’re legal hits. Hasn’t played football in almost two years. Pass rush is a bit raw with mostly power or speed rush on film.

Jones is the tenth commit in Texas’ 2022 class joining Lance St. Louis (Williams Field – AZ), Zac Swanson (Brophy College Prep – AZ), Kristopher Ross (Galena Park North Shore), BJ Allen (Aledo), Maalik Murphy (Junipero Serra – CA), Trevell Johnson (Arlington Martin), Jaydon Blue (Klein Cain), Armani Winfield (Lewisville), and Jaylon Guilbeau (Port Arthur Memorial).