Blood lines obviously mean something to Baylor under new head coach Matt Rhule.

Freshman Arp athlete Tren Jones is the second 2020 graduate in East Texas to own a college football scholarship opportunity from an NCAA Division I FBS program and has a connection to the first player in the local 2020 class, Carthage athlete Kelvontay Dixon.

Both Jones and Dixon are the brothers of rising senior blue chip prospects.

Jones is the brother of Arp safety Demarvion Overshown, who owns 30 scholarship choices and recently whittled down his list to 15 schools. Dixon is the brother of Carthage running back Keaontay Ingram, who has 27 schools interested in landing him on signing day.

Baylor has offered both Jones and Dixon as well as Overshown and Ingram.

Jones (6-2, 160) played receiver and defensive back for Arp during the playoffs toward an appearance in the Class 3A Division II state semifinals. He's expected to start in the secondary alongside Overshown as a sophomore.

Rhule joined the Baylor program in December just after winning an American Athletic Conference championship to end a four-year stint at Temple. He has a 28-23 overall record through four seasons as a head coach.

The 2016 Baylor team, under interim coach Jim Grobe, finished the regular season with a 6-6 record and sent Grobe back into retirement with a win against Boise State in the Motel 6 Catcus Bowl. It started the season 6-0 and ranked eighth in the Associated Press poll the second-to-last week of October.

Baylor most recently claimed a share of the Big 12 Conference title in 2014 and won the league outright in 2013. It served as home to Robert Griffin III during the signal-callers 2011 Heisman Trophy season.

Jones will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him in December of 2019.

2020 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Kelvontay Dixon, Carthage, ATH, 5-9, 165 — offers from Baylor, Colorado, Oklahoma State, TCU (4)
  • Tren Jones, Arp, ATH, 6-2, 160 — offer from Baylor (1)