Getting to know more about Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones commitment to the Scarlet Knights last week left Rutgers fans wanting to know more about the South Jersey athlete. SOR had a chance to interview Jones and find out more about Rutgers' latest commitment along with how he finally decided to become a Scarlet Knight.

Winslow Township wide receiver/ defensive back Brandon Jones has committed to Rutgers and he sounds pretty set on his decision.

Toledo, Virginia, Iowa, Villanova were the other schools that made up his top five and were trying to make a late push for him. There were also some Division I-AA schools in the mix, but in the end, he's told all the late-comers that he's a Scarlet Knight.

"I told them I committed and they said congratulations and have left me alone since," he said.

On why he chose the Scarlet Knights, Jones said the campus was in close proximity to home and felt that he fit right in with the program.

"Location was one of the reasons," Jones said. "It's close to home so my family will get to see me play, something they wouldn't get to do if I went far away. I felt really comfortable with the coaches and the facilities and they got a great program. This team is about to win a national championship down the road."

Jones was impressed with Rutgers play this season, as they went 8-5 and capped off the season with a 52-30 rout of Ball State at the International Bowl. While they may not have played in a big time bowl, he said the team is making strides and will make it to the promised land soon.

"I think they had a good season," Jones said. "They didn't play in the biggest bowl, the goal is to win a national championship, but it's still good to be able to play in a bowl. Like I said, they will be playing in the national championship soon."

Since he's been recruited as an athlete, the question is whether he will play offense or defense? Rutgers secondary is in more need of depth than the receiving corps, since they will be returning Tiquan Underwood, Kenny Britt and Tim Brown. When asked if he would play defensive back to help the team, Jones said he will do whatever it takes.

"Definitely," Jones said. "Whatever I could do, it doesn't matter."

Jones excelled this season for Wall Township High School racking up huge numbers on both sides of the ball. He had 48 catches for 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns on offense, while making 72 tackles, picking off eight passes and scoring three touchdowns on defense.

"I felt like I did what I had to do for a scholarship this season," he said. "I've been consistent and able to help the team win some games. I felt like I had a breakthrough season and was able to make big plays on offense and defense."

While early playing time isn't one of his main concerns, Jones said he wants to improve his size and speed to make sure he's ready for camp.

"I want to get bigger, but I got to work on everything and I'm going to make sure I'm ready for camp," he said

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