Arkansas has offered 2018 Highland Park (Dallas) quarterback John Stephen Jones, he announced via Twitter on Saturday. He’s the grandson of prominent Razorbacks booster and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who was a co-captain on Arkansas’ 1964 national title team.
It is unclear at this time if the offer is a scholarship spot or as a preferred walk-on. It also could be a blueshirt opportunity, meaning Jones would not be on scholarship immediately but potentially would be following a semester on campus.
The offer comes after members of Arkansas’ new coaching staff were in Dallas on Friday night watching Highland Park in the state playoffs. Highland Park defeated Mansfield Lake Ridge, 37-35, behind 2 rushing touchdowns and 211 passing yards from Jones. The Hogs staff also visited Highland Park earlier in the day.
Now that Jones has his opportunity to play at Arkansas, it seems highly likely that’s where he will end up. He told SEC Country last spring he would ideally head to Fayetteville after high school.
“Yeah, that’s my school, for sure,” he said. “I’d like to end up there. If I ever get a chance to play at Arkansas, that’s for sure where I’d be going.”
Jones (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) reported an offer from Texas Tech on Nov. 30, his first from an FBS school. In 14 games this season, Jones has thrown for 3,828 yards and 48 touchdowns with just 3 interceptions. He’s also rushed for 407 yards and 8 scores.
Chandler Morris, the son of Arkansas coach Chad Morris, is the backup to Jones at Highland Park. Morris, a sophomore, briefly replaced Jones after he was injured on Friday night.
Arkansas has Greenwood (Ark.) quarterback Connor Noland, a 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite, committed and he’s set to sign Dec. 20. SEC Country has learned the Razorbacks’ new staff is also expected to pursue 4-star Earle (Ark.) quarterback Gerry Bohanon Jr.