"I'll report to Ole Miss on May 28th even though I don't walk until June 3rd," Jones said. "I'll go back on walk on June 3rd and be back the next day for classes. I've been so anxious to get started with the new chapter in my life. It's so weird when you are done with your high school career and you have six months before you can get started again. It's going to be an exciting day for me when I leave for Ole Miss next Saturday."
This offseason has been a busy one for Scout's No.129 overall rated prospect.
"Ole Miss sent me a workout schedule the day after I signed. It's pretty detailed to say the least. I have been training hard. I didn't even run track this season so I could focus on gaining some weight."
That focus has led to an increase in size.
"I've gone from 172 pounds to 188. Sixteen pounds might not be much for someone like my boy Greg Little but it is for a smaller guy like me. It's crazy how much weight and muscle I've put on since the offseason started. I feel a lot faster now too."
Jaylon ran a 4.38 at the Nike Regional going into his senior season. The increased speed from the weight program will only improve his skills.
"I can cover really well. I've always been used in our system to cover the slots at nichol, or as Ole Miss calls it, their Husky. I like to hit you too. I'll come down the lane and stick my head down. I'm really a ball hawk moire than anything. Once I get the ball in my hands I can make things happen."
That attribute was shown in the State semifinals.
"We were down by 18 with two minutes left. They were on our one and threw a fade pass. I picked it off and ran it back 105 yards for a touchdown. We didn't get the onside kick and lost the game. That was the first game in my high school career that I lost. That's four years before you ever lose a game. Not many people can say that. We took a lot of pride in our winning streak, but all good things must come to an end, I guess."
Allen high school won three straight state championships with Jones leading the secondary and Ole Miss signee Greg Little holding the fort down in the trenches.
"We have been talking about going to college together for a long time. It's just a blessing to get that opportunity to play with him for another four years. Greg's just as excited as me to get down there to Ole Miss. That's all we have been talking about for a long time now."
The Rebel defense was a big factor in Jones' decision.
"First of all, the Landshark defense stood out to me. They just fly around and play with that swagger. That's what really caught my eye about Ole Miss when they first started recruiting me my sophomore year. I just love how they play with a swagger. It's the closest thing to LSU's defense out there. I always loved watching Ole Miss and LSU's defense play. That's why those were my two favorite schools. But what really made the difference with me was their staff. I just built a bond with those guys from the start. I knew I could trust them. Then I looked at their roster and saw I had a chance to come in there and compete my freshman season for some playing time. They were losing Mike Hilton, Tre Elston and those guys. I knew there would be an opportunity for me to jump right into that Landshark defense and make an impact. That's exactly what I plan on doing."
The '16 All-State performer has simple goals.
"I want to win a starting job, and if I don't do that, at least get into the rotation. They told me to come in at 190 pounds. That's why I have put on this weight. Coach (Corey) Batoon told me to come in there in the best shape of my life so I'm ready to compete for a job. That's what I'm doing."
Jaylon works out at a training center called Quick Twitch. There have been several Ole Miss signees who have worked out there in the past. Most notably Quincy Adeboyejo, DeMarcus Lodge, and Greg Little. The person he has been working out with this offseason is the top safety in the country.
"Jeffrey Okudah is my boy. I know Ole Miss is recruiting him real hard. Jeffrey likes us a lot. I'm keeping the Rebels on his mind daily. Don't you worry about that."
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org