A weekend visit from Irving Macarthur combo guard Andrew Jones produced an important pledge for the Texas Longhorns, according to Scout and later confirmed ($) by Orangebloods.
It's a great day to be a Longhorn!! #hookem— Texas MBB Recruiting (@TexasMBBRecruit) December 14, 2015
The 6'4, 180-pounder also seriously considered the Arizona Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals, in addition to take trips to see the Baylor Bears and Texas A&M Aggies since August. Prior to the pledge by Jones, Arizona held a narrow lead over Texas in his 247Sports Crystal Ball, with six predictions to four predictions for Texas.
Like freshman Kerwin Roach, Jones was a bit of a late bloomer, but he's made a huge impact on the recruiting scene recently:
Andrew Jones was among the biggest risers this summer. At 6-4, he's developed into a PG. He's athletic, fast, has vision & makes shots.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) December 14, 2015
Jones is a consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 34 player nationally, the No. 5 combo guard, and the No. 5 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He also held offers from more than 20 schools, including Boise State, Kansas, Kansas State, Miami, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, and Virginia.
Jones joins a class that already includes guard signee Jacob Young and forward signee James Banks. The Longhorns will remain in hot pursuit of consensus five-star center Jarrett Allen, a local prospect with an elite offer list. The 2016 class for Smart, which he has assembled since taking the job, now ranks No. 12 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.