Anjeus Jones (Dallas/South Oak Cliff) can vouch for the old adage in recruiting: The first offer is always the hardest to get.
Late Tuesday, Jones got over that hump by picking up an offer from New Mexico State. It was the first offer for the 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide receiver who helped South Oak Cliff earn a 9-2 record and advance to the Texas Class 4A playoffs.
“I talked to Coach [Todd] Littlejohn, the wide receivers coach,” Jones said. “He said he was really pleased with my film, and he said they want me up there. He gave me the offer and said he wants me to come next weekend.
“I just feel so relieved. When I got off the phone with him, I was thanking God. It’s an honor. I feel really, really blessed.”
Jones, who has run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, said he will take the visit to Las Cruces, N.M., the weekend of Dec. 14. While the Aggies are his first offer, Jones has received interest from Iowa, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, North Texas and Texas Tech, among other programs.
Prior to receiving the offer, Jones had Iowa in for an in-home visit Tuesday night. He and his family welcomed linebackers coach LeVar Woods in his home, and Jones said the visit was beyond positive.
“He seemed pretty comfortable. He kicked his shoes off,” Jones said, laughing. “He was relaxed. He enjoyed himself, and I enjoyed his visit.
“He said he has to get back with his coaches about an offer. Everyone is out of state in different parts of the country. As soon as he gets back with them, hopefully, they’ll offer me.”
Jones finished the season with 23 catches for 390 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 17 yards per catch for the Golden Bears.