Still a sophomore, it appears those people praising Jones' football skills were right; and at the same time his hard work is definitely paying off.
Jones, a 6-foot, 190-pound safety is one of the most highly regarded prospects in the Lone Star State regardless of class. He's already landed ten offers from programs around the nations including Baylor, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Mississippi, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. He added his latest offer from Washington State on Wednesday.
The offers have come as a surprise to Jones, especially since he's still a sophomore. Regardless, it's been an amazing experience for him to get the interest this early.
"So far it's been really fun to know that schools really want me and I'm only a sophomore," he said. "The offers just keep coming; it's a great deal and really amazing. It's really great."
Jones proved how easy football comes to him last year as a freshman. After playing just two games on the freshmen team, he was moved to varsity. He never looked back. As a sophomore he was named First Team All-District 16-4A after recording 95 tackles and intercepting 5 passes. He was also named first team return specialist after returning two punts for scores.
With ten offers on the table, Jones already has great options to choose from. TCU offered late last week after showing interest in him for several months. Jones has a little familiarity with the Frogs, having visited the Ft. Worth campus last season for a game.
"Getting an offer from TCU was great," Jones said. "I've liked them for a while and I actually attended their game against Kansas. I got a feel of what it was like around the stadium and facilities. They were really nice and the coaches are great there."
Jones has already built a good relationship with his TCU recruiter, Curtis Luper.
"Coach Luper is a really cool guy," he said. "He said I could play safety or even some receiver. He said they could really use someone like me on their team."
With a busy track schedule, Jones hasn't had the opportunity to attend many junior days or visit spring practices. In fact, he's only made one visit and that was to Texas A&M. This weekend his busy track schedule will take him to Austin as he and his teammates compete at the Texas Relays. He says this summer he'll take visits to multiple schools.
"I'll be going to a lot of schools this summer to see how they are," he said.
Jones isn't the only high profile player roaming the secondary for Nacogdoches; he'll be joined this year by 2014 prospect Jaylon Lane. Lane spent the previous two years at San Angelo Central but returned to his hometown this spring and has seen his recruiting explode in recent weeks.
Jones is looking forward to roaming the secondary with one of his idols.
"I always thought he was a really good player and a really good role model to me even though he's just a year older than me," he said. "He's actually helping me with the recruiting process because he's going through the same thing I'm going through. I think really high of him."
Still nearly two years away from signing day, Jones says for now he's just enjoying the process and isn't in a rush to make a decision.
"It's pretty even, I'm really just trying to wait a little bit until my senior year when I start cutting down some teams," he said. "I'm enjoying the recruiting process."
What is he looking for in a program?
"I'd prefer a closer place to home and a school that really focuses on academics," he said. "Football wise, I'd like defensive kind of team and the tradition is very good. I'd also like a place where I can play early. I'd also want the team let me run track because I want to run track in college."