On a day when one former Longhorn football player found himself a new home, another decided to leave the program, as redshirt freshman wide receiver Chris Jones will seek another school at which to ply his gridiron talent, according to a release from the Texas athletic department.
Jones entered the program a little more than a year ago as a consensus top-15 player in the state from small-school powerhouse Daingerfield, where he was a two-time state champion. It's the same school that sent linebacker Steve Edmond to Texas in 2011, but his former high school and college teammate Jones now becomes the second attrition of the 2010 class after Connor Wood, with more likely before the 2011 season begins.
A skinny speedster with excellent straight-line speed who was passed on the depth chart by freshmen like Jaxon Shipley, it seems as if the small-town kid was feeling the distance from home:
This was a very tough decision, but I want to get closer to home for personal reasons with my family. I love Texas, and I've been with these guys for two years, and we're family, but things don't always go according to the plan that you make. I'll still text them, joke with them, talk to them and everything we do now. That's never going to stop, because college is where you make lifelong friends and I know I've found mine here. I appreciate everything from my teammates and coaches and I'll always be rooting for them.
Given that statement, Jones could well transfer to a school much closer to his east Texas roots in Daingerfield.
While Jones was not expected to contribute this season, his departure further weakens a wide receiver depth chart that already lost Malcolm Williams, Greg Timmons, and Brock Fitzhenry before the season and redshirt freshman John Harris to an injury during the season.
Jones might not even be the last receiver to make his exit in the 2010 class, as the lack of playing time for Darius White continues to herald a short future in the program for the former Metroplex star unless he manages to crack the rotation down the stretch, an opportunity that the injury for Jaxon Shipley could provide if the star frosh has to miss any time with the knee injury he suffered during the first half against Kansas.