Fresh off a Dallas Under Armour Sevens championship, Tyler Jones (Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville) is hoping the 7-on-7 football schedule transitions into multiple positives.
Jones, from a team perspective, hopes his team will gain added recognition and respect, particularly being a Texas school that dropped from Class 4A to Class 3A and competing against teams in higher classifications. From an individual perspective, Jones is hoping to use 7-on-7 to gain additional interest from college recruiters.
Currently, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound signal-caller has an offer from Texas State, and defensive tackles coach Reuben Vaughn is his primary contact. Jones also has interest from Houston, Texas Tech, SMU and Louisiana Tech.
“I’m looking for a team that really wants to win,” Jones said of his recruiting process. “The team willing to go out of its way for me to put their offense in a position to win, that’s what I’m looking for.”
Jones completed a 2011 season where he led Stephenville to an 11-3 record. Stephenville lost to eventual champion Aledo in the Texas Class 4A Division II state quarterfinals. Jones threw for 3,155 yards and 33 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 681 yards and six touchdowns.
If all works as Jones anticipates, he will have a few offers to balance over the summer, and his team will be a relevant name on the 7-on-7 circuit. Jones said Saturday’s win boosted the confidence of a team looking to fill holes on both sides of the ball.
“Winning a tournament consisting of mainly 4A and 5A teams, that’s a huge deal for us,” Jones said of Saturday. “We have a lot of high expectations here at Stephenville. Every year, if we don’t win state, it doesn’t feel right.”