Texas State was the first school that wanted to invest in the potential of quarterback Tyler Jones (Stephenville, Texas), as the Bobcats offered him in May. On Tuesday, Jones decided to return the love and become a part of a program looking to make some noise in FBS football.
Jones verbally committed to Texas State and became the Bobcats’ first commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound gunslinger chose Texas State over an offer from New Mexico, but he also had received interest from TCU, Houston, SMU, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech.
Recruited by defensive tackles coach Reuben Vaughn, Jones said helping Texas State’s move from FCS to FBS play had some impact on his decision. The choice primarily was made because of how he felt about the coaching staff.
“It was the whole atmosphere -- the campus, the coaches and the way they held themselves and how they held me high,” Jones said. “They felt that I could come in and do good things for the team. That helped sell me on Texas State.
“I felt the way they portrayed themselves to me and the way they felt about the team was something that really stood out. Everything else pretty much took care of itself. For the most part, they seem very interested in me coming in and getting a lot of reps.”
Jones threw for 3,155 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2011, leading Stephenville to an 11-3 record and the Texas Class 4A Division II state quarterfinals, where the team lost to eventual champion Aledo (Texas). Jones also showed his mobility by rushing for 681 yards and six touchdowns.
Jones said he is looking to graduate from high school in December, just in time to join Texas State for spring workouts.
“They said the more practices I get under my belt, the better chance I have to see playing time early,” Jones said. “They feel that I can come in and really make an impact from the get-go.”
Jones recently showed his talents at the Dallas Under Armour Sevens championship last month, leading Stephenville to the 7-on-7 tournament championship.