High School: Sandalwood, FL.
After seeing his role on the team increase in the 2016 season, Jones was able to morph into a true leader on the defensive side of the ball starting all 13 games for the Cornhuskers.
Jones had a strong season statistically as well, recording 37 total tackles (3 TFL), one sack, and 10 pass breakups which was good enough for second on the team. Jones also intercepted the ball three times totaling 60 return yards with one of those interceptions being returned for a touchdown.
There were questions marks surrounding Jones as to whether or not he would forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft, however, Jones announced via Twitter that he would be returning to Nebraska for his final season of eligibility.
Jones made this 2017 preview very easy for me because he tweeted out what his individual goals were for the 2017 season. While he didn't necessarily put any team goals on his list, the Huskers will definitely improve as a team if he accomplishes some of these goals.
"I'm a guy who sets high goals for myself, knowing that it's going to make me work harder to achieve those goals. It's going to make me focused on so many different little things in order for me to be a better corner," Jones said. "To me, those are the goals that I feel I can achieve, but I can control that, nobody else can."
Throughout spring practice, Jones felt that there were three areas where he improved the most from last season and his aggression was the name of the game. "Just being aggressive as a corner, being aggressive tackling, being aggressive to the ball. That's one thing that I can say I really improved on, that I really needed to improve on."
After the spring game, Jones was asked how the transition from Banker's defense to Diaco's defense has been. Jones admitted that it took some getting used to but overall the team is becoming more comfortable.
"The transition went smoothly. Working with a new defense, it's going to have its rough edges in the beginning but as it goes on it gets better and better.
"[Diaco's] coaching style is amazing, I love it. He's going to get every guy to run to the ball every play. It's just that fire that we need, coach Diaco has it."
I think that Jones deciding to return for his senior season was not only good for this football team but also good for him. Jones was already starting to stand out among NFL teams after his play last season but I believe this extra year will help him improve his game as a whole. Josh has said this before, and I completely agree, but Jones has the type of talent to be an All-Big Ten Cornerback and I wouldn't be surprised if he received those types of honors after this season. I also think his leadership and playing ability will help to elevate this defense as a whole as it moves into the first year under new defensive coordinator, Bob Diaco.
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.