Four-star DB Jones has ties to ASU program

Arizona State has recruited Dallas-area Allen High School aggressively and signed several of its current players from the school and is continuing to do so.

Texas 4-star defensive back prospect Jaylon Jones has a lot of connections to Arizona State but said they will not be a major factor in his recruitment.

Jones is a former teammate of current ASU sophomore cornerback Chad Adams and sophomore linebacker Christian Sam.

Adams and Sam both played for Allen High School in Allen, Tex., where Jones is entering his senior season. ASU head coach Todd Graham also used to be the head coach at Allen.

Jones said those facts do not impact his interest in playing for the Sun Devils.

“That would be nice because I’m comfortable playing around those guys,” Jones said. “But, I got to do what’s best for me, it doesn’t really matter where my friends go.”

Despite the connections not being a major factor, Jones said he has a “pretty high” interest in ASU at this point his recruitment.

Jones said Adams and Sam did give him some insight on what it is like playing for ASU.

“(They said) that it’s a great program and I’ve seen how they’ve played this year and I liked it and they just told me the coaches and everything, it makes you feel at home no matter how far it is,” Jones said.

Jones is a 5-foot-11, 176-pound cornerback according to He said that he would play safety in the ASU system.

Last season he led the Allen High School team with 117 tackles to help his team go undefeated and win a Texas 6A-DI state championship. He also earned 6-6A First Team All-District honors.

According to, Jones is the second best cornerback in Texas and the No. 7 cornerback in the country.

After earning a state championship, postseason awards and a 4-star rating Jones got attention from all the college football power programs.

Jones said he currently holds 19 total offers which includes Auburn, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU, Tulsa and USC.

Jones said he is 80 percent sure he will be making visits to USC and Ohio State very soon. He said those were the first two schools that he will be visiting.

He also said he wants to make a trip to Tempe in the summer but does not have a set date in mind.

Jones said ASU defensive graduate assistant Ray Brown has been contacting him during his recruitment. and they have started to build a relationship.

Of Jones’ planned trips to Ohio State, USC and his eventual visit to ASU, he will use his imagination.

“When I go there I like to look at the field and how the coaches are when I’m around them,” Jones said. “I like to just see what where I would be. Like, I try to imagine myself being there so I check out the weight room and just like hangout with the coaches and stuff like that just first impression to see how it is.”

Jones said he competed in the Nike Opening regional in Dallas on March 15. He said he was invited to the finals in July at the Nike headquarters in Oregon showcasing the top 162 high school athletes in the county.

At this point, Jones said he does not plan on any junior days and said he will not participate in any college summer camps.

Going forward, Jones said he would like to narrow down his college choices to a top 10 or top five before the end of the spring. Jones said he has no schools ahead of any others at the moment.

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