South Oak Cliff's Emmett Jones joins Texas Tech staff

South Oak Cliff's Emmett Jones joins Texas Tech staff


South Oak Cliff's Emmett Jones joins Texas Tech staff


Texas Tech has added South Oak Cliff football coach Emmett Jones to its staff. Jones made his decision official on Friday afternoon.

Jones (a 1993 Seagoville graduate) is considered a rising star in the Dallas ISD coaching ranks. He’s led South Oak Cliff to state playoff prominence the last three seasons after a stint at Skyline as Reggie Samples offensive coordinator.

Jones is expected to join Tech’s staff as early as next week. Tech is following a huge trend among high-ranking college to dip into the Texas high school football coaching ranks. SMU named former Lake Travis, Stephenville and Bay City coach Chad Morris as its head coach and Morris in turn hired multiple high school coaches including Claude Mathis from DeSoto and Mark Smith from Hurst L.D. Bell. Morris had been offensive coordinator at Clemson.

Texas has offered a position to Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire. New Houston coach Tom Herman hired Corby Meekins of Spring Westfield. Tulsa named Philip Montgomery as its new head coach and Montgomery came from the high school staff of Baylor coach Art Briles at Stephenville. Montgombery then hired Joseph Gillespie from Stephenville to his staff.

In three years at SOC, Jones led the Golden Bears to a 30-8 record, including a berth to the Class 5A regional semifinals this past season before losing to eventual state champ Ennis.

SOC has been a hotbed for college talent. The Class of 2015 which signs Wednesday will include Wisconsin commit running back Jordan Stevenson, defensive back LaDarryl Blair (Boise State), receiver J.F. Thomas (TCU), defensive back Jamile Johnson (Texas), defensive back Prentice McKinney (North Carolina) and will include a half-dozen more including DBs Takedrae Williams, Zxavier Ausborne, DT Jalen Goss and WR Lamont Johnson. SOC already has a talented 2016 class with defensive end Marvin Terry and defensive backs Juice Parker and Hal Vinson.

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