Former Texas wide receiver Cayleb Jones will transfer to the University of Arizona, his father, Robert, confirmed to the American-Statesman on Tuesday.
Jones is the second Longhorn to transfer to Arizona in little more than a month. Redshirt freshman quarterback Connor Brewer, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., announced on July 9 he would transfer to coach Rich Rodriguez’s Wildcats.
Another former Longhorn receiver, Dan Buckner, also transferred to Arizona after the 2009 season.
Jones, an Austin High product, was a highly regarded prospect in the 2012 recruiting class. He caught two passes for 35 yards last season as a freshman at Texas, and also had a 10-yard run against Iowa State. He was expected to contend for a starting job this season.
In March, Jones was charged with aggravated assault in connection with a February incident in which police said he hit UT tennis player Joseph Swaysland and broke his jaw in a dispute over Longhorn volleyball player Katherine Bell. The felony charge later was reduced to a misdemeanor, and coach Mack Brown suspended Jones for the season opener against New Mexico State.
On July 24, Texas announced Jones would transfer. In the announcement, Robert Jones, a former linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, said transferring was in his son’s best interests.
“”We’ve really enjoyed being a part of the Texas program, but we’ve talked about the situation as a family, and we think it’s best for Cayleb to get a fresh start and transfer to another school,” the elder Jones said in a statement.
After the decision to transfer was made public, Cayleb Jones posted a letter on Twitter to the “Longhorn Nation” in which he thanked Brown and “everyone involved and affiliated with the University of Texas for everything they have done” for him and his family.
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