Rodriguez confident that off-field problems won't follow Cayleb Jones from Texas to Arizona.
By STEVE RIVERAFS Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. --
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said Cayleb Jones is an OKG.
And in today's world of the OMG and the IDK. an OKG is a good thing: "Our kind of guy."
"We're just looking for players, whether it's a high school kid or a transfer kid," Arizona coach Rodriguez said after Wednesday's practice.
Rodriguez said he's always on the lookout for players who are "competitive and want their degree and can fit in the program. It's a pretty good combination, and we think we got that in Cayleb."
Jones, a wide receiver who must sit out the season because of transfer rules, practiced in shorts Tuesday night and will for the first four days. On day five he will be in pads. He played one season at Texas, where the five-star recruit was charged with assault.
Prior to transferring, Jones had been suspended for Texas' first game with New Mexico State. He was initially charged with felony assault after police reports state he broke the jaw of Texas tennis player Joseph Swaysland in a dispute over a female. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor.
"He had an off-the-field issue," Rodriguez said, making sure to state it as a singular issue, "and it's been resolved."
Rodriguez said Arizona's coaching staff have seen him play and talked to his family, coaches in high school and spoke to "guys who have played with him."
One of those was Connor Brewer, a quarterback who preceded Jones in transferring from Texas to Arizona.
"He thought he was a great guy - and we asked Connor about him," Rodriguez said. "He's a guy who made (a mistake) maybe, but we'd love to have him here."
Jones is the third prominent transfer Rodriguez has brought into the program in the last few months -- joining Brewer and his Chaparral High School teammate Davonte' Neal, a receiver from Notre Dame.
Rodriguez said it's rare he'll go after a transfer, and if he does, he'd prefer they had time to grow into the program.
"Most of the kids we sign are high school guys," Rodriguez said. "We don’t take a lot of junior college guys and typically don't take a lot of transfers, but we're looking for players. But if it's a guy like Davonte' or Connor or Cayleb and they have a chance to grow in the program … if you're going to get one, a lot the time the best ones to get are the younger ones, maybe with four years left."