Arizona Wildcats football: UA lands WR transfer from Texas

2013-08-13T12:03:00Z 2013-08-13T20:35:27Z Arizona Wildcats football: UA lands WR transfer from TexasDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 13, 2013 12:03 pm  • 

Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats have landed yet another transfer from a BCS conference school.

Cayleb Jones, who spent last season at Texas, committed to Arizona today. His father, Robert, confirmed the commitment to the Daily Star.

Jones chose Arizona over Clemson, North Carolina, East Carolina, UCLA, Auburn, Colorado and Oklahoma. He will sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules.

"The second time around, he looked at the scenario and wanted to go to a program where he would have a chance to play right away," Jones's father Robert said. "Some schools, you have to go and wait in line and have a lot of other guys ahead of you. Others, you have a chance to be an impact guy right away."

Robert said his son already boarded a flight this afternoon in Austin bound for Tucson and will report with the UA coaches tonight. He said he thought Cayleb would be able to practice with the team beginning tomorrow night.

Cayleb Jones, who is originally from Austin, Texas, was a five-star recruit coming out of high school. He was ranked as the third best wide receiver in the country by the Scout.com recruiting service. He chose the Longhorns over offers from Baylor, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, South Florida, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

The receiver played as a true freshman for the Longhorns and had two catches for 25 yards in 11 games. 

After the season, Jones ran into some off-field trouble. In February, Jones was charged with felony aggravated assault for allegedly breaking the jaw of a Texas tennis player. In April, those charges were dismissed and reduced to a misdemeanor. 

Texas coach Mack Brown had announced that Jones was going to be suspended for the Longhorns' opener on Aug. 31 against New Mexico State. Jones was expected to join the team for fall camp, but instead announced late last month that he was seeking a transfer. 

Brown released a statement after Jones announced his intention to transfer and there seemed to be no hard feelings. 

"Coach Brown didn't give enough credit in how he oversaw Cayleb in his decision," Robert Jones said. "He's been very supportive. It wasn't easy for him to see Cayleb go."

Jones will have three years of eligibility remaining. 

The wide receiver is the latest transfer to commit to Rodriguez and the UA. Since April, the Wildcats have gotten commitments from former Notre Dame wide receiver Davonte' Neal, former Texas quarterback Connor Brewer and now Jones.

Brewer and Jones were obviously teammates at Texas are said to be good friends. 

"They have a good relationship, but that didn't play a huge role in his decision," Robert said.

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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