A Nebraska vernal since early August, the linebacker had 16 offers when he pulled the trigger. But that list didn't consist of a scholarship from LSU – a team he had followed all of his life. A team he always wanted to play for. The Tigers had not seen him at their summer camp and decided to go in a different direction.
Jones' senior year this fall – everything it was supposed to be and more. Many experts said he was the best defensive player in Louisiana Class 5A football, including Scout.com's Mike Coppage.
After word spread and senior film was watched, the clear cut No. 1 team in the country felt they needed to get involved. LSU offered the Jesuit high product and Nebraska fans all but wrote off Jones.
But it's been a week and Jones is still a Husker verbal. Maybe it's because the senior hasn't taken an official to Baton Rouge yet? Or maybe, just maybe, it's because of his relationship with the Nebraska coaching staff.
After his official visit in September, he said he was "solid as a rock."
Now with LSU chasing him, how does he classify his verbal after his in-home visit with Nebraska's Corey Raymond on Tuesday night?
"Solid," said Jones. "It was awesome. He made me feel really comfortable with my commitment. It means a lot, they saw my potential from the very beginning."
Jones admits, he never thought that one offer would turn into such a big story. But reporters are calling him every night wanting to know if there are any developments.
There could be tomorrow. LSU head coach Les Miles and a member of his staff are expected to pay the senior a visit. Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini will be hosted next week.
"It's just LSU and Nebraska now," said Jones.
An official visit to LSU hasn't been set, but it's likely on the agenda tomorrow.
What happens in the next couple days or even the next couple of weeks with Jones' recruitment is anyone's guess – but it should be interesting.
Even if the Huskers lose out on Jones, credit the staff for evaluating a top talent before many others did. They might not get the 6-foot-2, 200 pounder, who racked up over 115 tackles this season - but it will pay off down the road.