Naijee Jones Becomes 1st 2017 Rutgers Commit

Rutgers landed its first commitment in the 2017 class Monday with an announcement from 2017 defensive back Naijee Jones out of Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek. Chargers head coach Rob Hinson discusses the commitment.

Rutgers has its first piece in the 2017 recruiting class following a commitment from Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek Naijee Jones. Jones announced his decision on social media after he received an offer earlier this season.

Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson, who also coached Rutgers defensive linemen Quanzell Lambert and Myles Nash, broke down the commitment.

"The opportunity to stay home and play big-time ball is the reason he chose Rutgers," Hinson said. "He likes Rutgers. It was always his dream to go to Rutgers."

Jones brings a unique skill-set to the cornerback position.

"He's long," Hinson said. "He's 6-foot-1/12 , he has long arms and legs, great ball skills and breaks on the ball well. He just turned 16. He has the ability to play all three; free safety, strong safety and cornerback. ... He can play press, slide and shuffle when he has to. The biggest thing is his length and ball skills."

Hinson cited a relationship with the coaching staff as a key part of the decision-making process.

"He's been up there two or three times," Hinson said. "He loves the staff, especially coach [Kyle] Flood and coach [Darrell] Wilson. It's a great school and he always wanted to play there."

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