Jones football sees three sign scholarships
When Southern Illinois started recruiting quarterback Brandon George three months ago, the Jones quarterback decided he better find out what a Salukis is.
“It’s some sort of racing dog," George said moments after signing with the Southern Illinois Salukis. “That’s what I kind of want to implement into that offense. I want to speed it up. I want to go out there and get this program up and doing things pretty quickly.”
George and his two main receivers for the Longhorns state title team – Callen Houston and Rowdy Warner – signed Wednesday to play college football, giving the 3A school the most football signees ever in one class.
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Houston, whom Jones coaches think would be signing with a Division-I school if he were a few pounds heavier and a few inches taller, will be playing next season for Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah.
Warner, who was expected to sign with Texas Tech, instead opted for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, a two-year school. Warner said he will re-examine his college football options after playing a year or two at NEO.
“I wanted more Division-I offers,” said Warner, whose lone Division-I offer came from Texas Tech. “I didn’t want to settle. I want to go to the best place for me. (NEO) was the best thing for me and my family.”
Houston also has something to prove to the Division-I schools that overlooked him.
“I still think I have that ability to go play at the D-I level,” Houston said. “I didn’t think I would have the opportunity due to my size to go play football at the next level. Northeastern gave me the opportunity to play and I plan to take full advantage of it.”
The Jones trio put up some eye-popping numbers last season as the Longhorns went unbeaten to win their first state championship. George passed for 4,035 yards and 44 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,301 yards and 21 scores.
Both Houston and Warner had more than 1,200 yards receiving. Each caught 13 touchdown passes.
Jones coach Dave Martin said having three players sign Wednesday to play college football was “icing on the cake” to a magical season.
“It’s great for our school. It’s great for our community,” Martin said. “That’s the thing. All of these guys are very close-knit and our community feels close-knit with them.
“They got to watch their high school careers and now they are excited about watching their college careers. They will follow these boys all the way through college.”