The 2017 recruiting class for the Baylor Bears is down to two commits after the Saturday decision from Stafford wide receiver Hezekiah Jones to decommit via Twitter, a decision that could impact the Texas Longhorns because the previous offensive staff offered Jones last May:
No interviews please....... pic.twitter.com/WVCCgdtzbf— 9️⃣ (@_hezekiahh) May 29, 2016
Jones visited Texas days after receiving his offer, but decided to commit to Baylor in late June. Since then, Jones took visits to Texas A&M and Notre Dame, but hadn't shown much interest in Texas. And with a number of other wide receiver offers out in addition to an increasingly firm commitment from Tyler John Tyler wide receiver Damion MIller, new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert and his staff may be looking elsewhere right now.
However, taking another look at Jones makes sense -- the 6'0, 193-pounder is the No. 122 player nationally and the No. 16 wide receiver. The production on the football field has been relatively modest, with similar totals of 551 and then 515 receiving yards and six touchdowns in each of his varsity seasons.
His athleticism has shown up in other venues, though, as Jones ran a 4.53 40-yard dash at a Nike event, won the 4A 200m last year in Texas, and won the USATF National Junior Olympics 15-16 in 2014 in the same event.
The other top targets at wide receiver right now appear to be Omar Manning and Tyrell Shavers, both big outside receivers, so perhaps the staff decides to target Jones as the type of inside player that could benefit from match ups against safeties on go routes, a key feature of the Gilbert offense.