Rutgers was a dream scenario for Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek cornerback Naijee Jones, so it was not a long process after an offer from the coaching staff.
Jones committed moments before a playoff practice with Timber Creek. He is the first commitment of the 2017 class for Rutgers.
“I love the idea of staying home,” Jones said. “I hope that all of the talent in New Jersey stays home because that’s the best fit for everyone. Rutgers really symbolizes the state of New Jersey. It’s a dream school.”
Interested in a business major, the academic opportunities at Rutgers also stood out.
“I like that they have the major that I want to major in when I get there,” Jones said. “They’re a good school with a good atmosphere and I want to be a part of that.”
Jones checks in as a 6-foot cornerback. Rutgers was his first verbal scholarship offer.
“Playing corner, I definitely have good ball skills. I’m smart. I have a good football IQ, so I want to use that to my advantage when we compete for a national championship.”
Jones cited relationships with head coach Kyle Flood and defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson as other reasons for his commitment.
“I just thought it was time and it was a good fit,” Jones said. “Coach Flood has a plan and I want to be a part of that plan. I just want to stay home and be a Jersey boy. … Coach Darrell Wilson just made me feel like I have family. He was a big part of my decision. He’s always going to take care of me and he welcomed me with open arms.”