Reflects on commitment

It came out of the blue last week. The commitment was something that seemed like it would happen around an official visit, but a conversation with Head Coach Bo Pelini was enough for Deion Jones to say ‘yes' last week. It was a whirlwind and it's something that Jones has had a week to think about since he did it. Have things calmed down?

Typically an early commitment is about knowing the right school for you and as a result the recruiting will quiet down. Deion Jones saw a peak in the phone calls last week when he committed to the Cornhuskers.

"It was a busy night," Jones said. "I got a lot of phone calls. I thought that it was fun actually. It was exciting to talk to all of those people."

The pull of LSU is big on the people of Louisiana as a whole. People have always told Jones to go to Baton Rouge, but he never picked up an offer. He said that the people around him will adjust with him going to Nebraska.

"I am a hometown boy if you really knew me personally and everyone around me was always pushing me to go to LSU. Everyone has been taking my commitment to Nebraska very well. It sounds like they are all willing to go from purple and gold to red and white."

There were a lot of reasons for Jones to commit to Nebraska last weekend. A lot of the coaching staff has ties to LSU and the state of Louisiana. In the end though it was the program of Nebraska that convinced Jones it was right for him.

"I think that it was all of the coaches that have ties back to the state of Louisiana and the school of LSU, but also because Nebraska is just a great program. They understand that it's one of the top schools in the nation."

The people up in Lincoln from Louisiana will help Jones. He knows that there is going to be a time that it is going to take before he's fully adjusted. He will have those there to help him make those changes.

"It helps a lot to have people up there that understand where I come from. They know how to adapt from here to there and just make the changes from one place to another.

"It's going to help when it comes to having that "home feeling". I am pretty sure that Coach Raymond family can cook some home-grown food up there in Lincoln."

There could be a lot of pressure on Jones to take some trips to make sure that Nebraska is right. LSU could also come in and extend an offer to Jones somewhere down the stretch.

It's only August and Jones has never seen Nebraska. Some might fear that as more teams take a look at Jones that he might be tempted to look around. As of right now there isn't a chance that happens. "I am locked in. I don't really have any interest in any other schools."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 11 years. His work can also be seen in's SuperPrep Magazine.
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