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Signing Day Spotlight: Brandon Jones

The letter is in for Columbia (MO) Hickman DE Brandon Jones. Here's a closer look at the new Illini signee.

Commitment Date: 8/30/2015

Twitter Handle: @brandon_22jones

Why Illinois?

" I chose Illinois because it felt like home to me and I feel like me and the other 2016 commits can change the program for the better and show the BIG TEN that Illinois is the real deal."


Jones lacks quickness at the snap, but in the open field often makes up for it with good closing speed.  He will need to improve his lower body strength and lateral quickness to be able to get off of the snap more quickly and evade blockers.

Jones is also very raw as far as technique is concerned.  His film shows very few rip and swim moves, meaning he may struggle to shed blockers until he improves his technique.  However, when he does make contact with the ball carrier, he is a sure and physical tackler.


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