High School: Sandalwood high school (FL)
After a solid fall camp, Jones saw action in 12 contests as a true freshman – mostly on special teams. While he didn’t redshirt, he was not part of the two-deep for much of the year.
Jones was regarded as one of Nebraska’s best coverage unit players, which ranked near the top of the Big Ten Conference. He recorded seven total tackles in 2014.
“I think about it everyday,” said Jones, who says he often wishes he would have redshirted. “I could have had another year. At the same time, God saw fit for a different plan.”
Jones went back to the basics this spring that attracted schools to him during his recruitment.
“Sometimes maybe too aggressive. I think I’m just more physical than the rest of the corners,” said Jones during the spring. “In high school I was always aggressive. I slacked it up a bit transitioning from high school to college because I didn’t think I could do that. I’m starting to bring it out again. I feel like I play better when I’m aggressive.”
His defensive coordinator took notice.
“Chris Jones, you’ve got to love his athleticism and his length and things like that,” said Mark Banker in a recent Lincoln Journal Star Q&A.
BRR projection: Despite a loaded secondary, Jones told reporters this spring he had no interest in redshirting, feeling like he was “no doubt” ready to play.
We agreed with his assessment.
Jones flashed multiple times during the spring, looking like a future starting Big Ten corner.
He’s going to be in the two-deep this year and will contend for a starting corner spot.
How he ended up in Lincoln:
Brace yourself; Jones’ recruitment was one that needs to be graphed out to fully understand.
As a senior, Jones originally committed to South Florida. He then flipped on the USF decision and committed to Purdue in mid-December of 2013. While he appeared to be solid, teammate Desean Blair started to show interest in Nebraska, which sparked Jones’ desire to check it out. A day after visiting Lincoln, he committed to the Huskers. Jones was a recruit of former defensive coordinator John Papuchis.
“My overall impressions were it’s a great school, great coaches all around, and was just a really good visit,” said Jones at the time. “The coaching and players are really what stood out the most to me. I feel like I could fit. It’s the perfect fit. The defense is very aggressive and that’s the type of cornerback I am.”
The former Scout.com three-star prospect was considered a steal in the 2014 class. He recorded 32 tackles while intercepting four passes his senior year.