Parkway successfully added another athletic FBS recruit to its loaded roster.
Coach David Feaster confirmed Tuesday the LHSAA cleared Johnathan Jones last week, making the former Evangel wide receiver Johnathan Jones eligible to begin practicing with the Panthers and eligible to play in the season opener against Bastrop on Sept. 2. Feaster said Jones will live with his father in South Bossier and could find a spot at either wide receiver or cornerback.
“We haven’t figured that out yet,” Feaster said.
A dynamic offense already features plenty of weapons for four-star junior quarterback Justin Rogers, who added LSU to his impressive list of nine scholarship offers. Most recruiting websites rate wide receiver Terrace Marshall as the top recruit in Louisiana for the Class of 2018, and UT San Antonio commit Robert McKnight provides more valuable experience alongside wideouts Chase Hill, Kendall Brown and Amani Larry.
Jones caught 11 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown last year, including three receptions for 19 yards in a stunning 56-21 rout of Parkway. In February, he de-committed from Louisiana Tech, citing “recent political events” shortly after Governor John Bel Edwards suggested the state’s budget crisis could affect funding for college football
Evangel dismissed Jones from the team while allowing him to stay enrolled at the school last spring, but he chose to transfer for his final season. The 6-foot-1, 182-pound senior holds scholarship offers from Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Henderson State, McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana.
He’s not the only notable area wide receiver to transfer to a district opponent this season. In 1-4A, former Huntington quarterback Larry Moton switched positions and then switched schools to join another dangerous offense at Woodlawn.
Parkway hosts Evangel in the District 1-5A opener on Sept. 23 and Woodlawn faces Huntington Oct. 13.