By Patrick Crawford
Arkansas Media Relations
From the very start of 2010 fall practices, Arkansas’ coaching staff knew they’d found a special freshmen in defensive tackle Byran Jones. Hailing from Junction City, Ark., Jones helped bring two football state championships to Junction City, and also proved to be exceptional at both shot put and weight lifting.
Jones was ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Arkansas by Rivals. He was a first-team all-state selection in 2009. As a senior, he recorded 97 tackles, 25 tackles for a loss and recovered four fumbles. Jones was coached at Junction City by David Carpenter.
A versatile athlete, Jones also played offensive line for his Dragon squad and played basketball. He threw the shot 52 feet, 10 ½ inches in April of his senior year to win his fourth-consecutive Class 2A state championship. He bench-pressed 385 pounds and power-cleaned 305 pounds to finish second at the 2010 Arkansas High School Weightlifting Championships.
Jones is the son of Otis and Kathy Jones.