Texas proved in 2017 that there is no such thing as too much depth on the offensive line. The Longhorns are taking that lesson to heart, gaining a commitment from their fifth offensive lineman in the 2018 class when Cy Woods offensive tackle Christian Jones pulled the trigger days after de-committing from SMU.
Jones, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound 3-star prospect, picked Texas over UCLA, Cal and Vanderbilt. Let’s get to know him better as a player.
— Christian Jones (@Christo24AHFC) February 6, 2018
Skill set: Jones spent his high school career contributing at Cy Woods as an offensive lineman and a defensive end. He’s an athletic big man with solid feet and a strong understanding of when to get to the second-level. Jones can be used in the screen game and as a pulling tackle on sweeps and counters. Texas figures it can add weight and strength to Jones during a redshirt freshman season and uncover a true recruiting gem.
The 3-star prospect is ranked as the No. 758-ranked prospect in the class. He’s the No. 59-ranked offensive tackle in the cycle and the No. 107-best player in Texas for the 2018 class, per 247Sports Composite. Texas is betting on his upside and potential to grow into an athletic left tackle.
Immediate impact: It’d be hard to expect Jones to make an immediate impact at Texas. He’ll join four other offensive linemen in the class and Jones might be the furthest away from college-ready. He’s the lowest-rated commitment of the five, per 247Sports Composite. Jones is a project with upside and could use a redshirt year to develop his body in the weight room.
Fitting into the program: Texas needs more bodies in the offensive line room and Jones gives Texas another player to stash away for the future. His combination of height and athleticism can’t be taught. The coaches think Jones could wind up one of the steals of the 2018 class. Jones is a hard-working, intelligent big man who could potentially play either offensive tackle position.
Recruiting at the position: Jones is the fifth offensive line commit for Texas in the 2018 cycle. Mikey Grandy, a JUCO product, is already on campus and competing for the left tackle job left vacant by Connor Williams’ departure to the NFL. Junior Angilau, a prep product from Salt Lake City, might take a two-year LDS mission, which would reclassify him to the 2020 class.
That leaves Reese Moore and Rafiti Ghirmai as possibly the only true 2018 prospects to sign with the Longhorns. All four players signed with Texas during the early period on Dec. 20. Jones is expected to sign with Texas Feb. 7 on national signing day.
2018 Texas Longhorns signing classHere's a look at the recruits who signed with Texas for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from 247Sports composite.
|Byron Hobbs||LB||Ft. Worth Eastern Hills||3||Signed|
|Casey Thompson||QB||Southmoore (Okla.)||4||Signed|
|Cameron Rising||QB||Newbury Park (Calif.)||4||Signed|
|Cameron Dicker||K||Lake Travis||3||Signed|
|Caden Sterns||S||Cibolo Steele||4||Signed|
|Ayodele Adeoye||LB||IMG Academy (Fla.)||4||Signed|
|Al'Vonte Woodard||WR||Houston Lamar||4||Signed|
|Jalen Green||CB||Houston Heights||4||Signed|
|Brennan Eagles||WR||Alief Taylor||4||Signed|
|Anthony Cook||CB||Houston Lamar||4||Signed|
|D'Shawn Jamison||CB||Houston Lamar||4||Signed|
|Malcolm Epps||TE||Spring Dekaney||4||Signed|
|Junior Angilau||OT||Salt Lake East (Utah)||4||Signed|
|Mikey Grandy||OT||College of San Mateo (Calif.)||3||Signed|
|Ryan Bujcevski||P||ProKick Austrailia||N/A||Signed|
|Keondre Coburn||DT||Spring Westfield||4||Signed|
|Daniel Carson||DE||William Chrisman (Mo.)||3||Signed|
|Michael Williams||DE||Dunham School (La.)||3||Signed|
|Christian Jones||OT||Cy Woods||3||Signed|
|Joseph Ossai||DE||Conroe Oak Ridge||4||Signed|