Brandon Jones has emerged as one of the most sought-after recruits in the country's 2016 class.
The 6-foot, 190-pound safety from Nacogdoches, Texas, has an offer list consisting of almost 30 schools. Scout.com rates Jones as a high four-star prospect and the nation's No. 1 safety for the 2016 recruiting cycle and No. 25 overall recruit in the Scout 300.
Jones holds 28 offers, the latest of which came earlier this month from USC. One quarter of Jones' offers come from SEC schools: Alabama, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. Jones has taken multiple unofficial visits to Texas A&M, but hit the road at the beginning of August to visit LSU and Alabama.
Jones came away impressed.
"I liked both campuses a lot," Jones said. "Great facilities, coaching staffs, and knowing they are both productive defensive schools plays a big part in what I'm looking for in a college."
Jones said he's getting looks at both safety positions (strong and free).
Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and special teams coordinator/defensive assistant Bradley Dale Peveto are Jones' primary recruiters at LSU. He said head coach Nick Saban and tight ends coach Billy Napier are his primary recruiters for Alabama.
One school that has mysteriously remained off Jones' offer list is Texas, but don't be surprised if Jones adds the Longhorns to his bevy of offers once he can get to Austin.
"Still planning to go soon, yes, sir," Jones said of his plans to visit Texas. "They said for sure offer when I visit."
Jones, who has not named any leaders, said Texas is one of the schools he's grown up watching.
"Of course I have a strong side to Texas," he said. "Always have."
Defensive backs coach/special teams coordinator Chris Vaughn has handled Jones' recruitment by Texas.
Jones played several games as a freshman in 2012, but had a breakout sophomore season last year, finishing with 95 tackles and five interceptions. He returned one pick for a score, as well as a punt for a touchdown.
Jones has a rare combination of physicality and athleticism that allow him to be a difference-maker as a run-support safety, but also as a territory-covering center fielder when he's asked to be. Jones is a bona fide hitter. He has great acceleration and instincts and should be able to play either safety spot at the next level, depending upon where he ends up.
Texas A&M has long been considered a frontrunner for Jones, though, as mentioned above, he has yet to publicly name any leaders.
Jones will star this fall in a loaded secondary for Nacogdoches, which also has 2015 four-star cornerback and Oklahoma State commit Jaylon Lane, as well as 2016 cornerback Corey Lane, who has an offer from Louisiana Tech.