Sophomore safety talks Notre Dame offer

2016 safety Brandon Jones of Nacogdoches (Texas) talks about reeling in his 11th offer, the latest from Notre Dame. The sophomore with blazing speed also discusses what he's looking for in his future school.

It's not too often Notre Dame offers a sophomore in the spring. But, the Irish liked what they saw on film from 2016 safety Brandon Jones of Nacogdoches (Texas) High.

"The Notre Dame offer surprised me," Jones said. "It came out of the blue. My high school coach texted me during class that I was offered, and then after school I went to his office and called Coach (Kerry) Cooks. He said that Notre Dame has been looking at me for a while because they've seen my film watching my teammate cornerback, Jaylon Lane."

"He says they like my speed and ability to adjust on the fly to the ball and make tackles," Jones added. "I have good hands and I make interceptions happen."

Speed, unquestionably, is one of Jones' best assets.

"I ran the forty-yard dash at my school in 4.26 seconds, and last year at Texas A&M's camp I ran it three times, and my times were 4.32, 4.31 and 4.34."

The 6-foot, 185-pound athlete runs track, and that's something he's looking to continue doing at the next level.

"I want a college where I can run track, too," Jones said. "I run the 4x1, 4x2 and 100-meter dash."

Jones' best time in the 100 is 10.63, though he's only ran that event two times.

Jones says he's aware of Notre Dame's recent success on the gridiron.

"I know Notre Dame is a really good football team," Jones said. "These past four years it seems like they've gotten better and better, and I know they were just in the national championship."

Jones is not ready to name favorites, but he added there are three schools where he's established a strong relationship with the coaching staff.

"Texas A&M, Florida State and Oklahoma are the schools I talk with most, probably," Jone said.

"I want a team that really focuses on defense," Jones said. "A team that produces defensive backs that go to the next level and one that wins championships and has winning streaks."

Jones visited A&M for junior day, and currently does not have any other visits planned. However, a visit to Notre Dame in the summer could be in the works.

"I know Jaylon is supposed to be visiting Notre Dame this summer, and we're gonna get together and figure out if I can fit it in my schedule to go up there with him," Jones said.

After playing just two games on the freshmen team, Jones was moved to varsity. As a sophomore, he had 95 tackles, five interceptions, one defensive touchdown, and two punt return touchdowns.

To read more about Notre Dame's offer to Jones, click here.

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