Spotlight On 2011 Target: DB Jaylon Finner

The recruiting process is in its early stages for Jaylon Finner but the Elkins High defensive back is on the early radar for the Aggies in 2011. Finner is already garnering attention from Big 12 schools like Baylor. Websider's Taylor Hamm caught up with the 5'-10" and 185 pound junior and received the latest update on his recruitment status. Have the Aggies been in contact?

The recruiting process is in its early stages for Jaylon Finner but the Elkins High defensive back is on the early radar for the Aggies in 2011. Finner is already garnering attention from Big 12 schools like Baylor. Websider's Taylor Hamm caught up with the 5'-10" and 185 pound junior and received the latest update on his recruitment status. Have the Aggies been in contact?

"I got an offer from Baylor couple of weeks ago at their junior day. I am supposed to be going to Nebraska on the 27th and I've been in contact with UCLA," said Finner.

With the Aggies not retaining Van Malone, the Houston area where Malone was in charge of recruiting has been neglected over the past few weeks. The coaching change has caused Finner to lose brief contact with the Aggies.

"I was talking to Texas A&M but then Van Malone moved to Tulsa so I haven't heard from them in a while. Coach Malone emailed me on Saturday and told me he was going to be coaching at Tulsa and that he would be recruiting me soon."

Jaylon attended the Baylor game last year at Kyle Field and saw the Aggies put a beat down on the Bears 38-3.

"That was a fun game to go to," said Finner. "The atmosphere at Texas A&M is the best I have ever seen. If they were to start recruiting me again I would definitely be interested. I don't hold anybody down. If a school is interested in me then I will take a look at them."

Jaylon lead his Elkins Knights defense into the playoffs for the first time in 7 years. Finner recorded 71 total tackles, 4 interceptions with one of them being a return for a touchdown, and two fumble recoveries. The Missouri City native is a modest kid who works hard in the classroom and uses football as a way to keep his life going in the right direction.

"I'm doing all the things my parents have taught me to do. I'm doing what I have to do in school, I really don't look for any trouble, and I'm not just an athlete, I'm a student athlete. I'm just trying to work hard and stay humble."

The 5'-10" junior is looking for a school where he feels comfortable. Also, defensive back is not the position Jaylon wants to play in college.

"I'm not that tall but I want to play safety when I get to college. That's something my parents and I have been talking about. I know that basically every D1 college is going to have outstanding academics and everyone has great facilities but for me it's not about that. Some people are caught up with the prestige of a school but not me. When I look at schools I look at how they feel about me fitting into their program, the surroundings of the school, the academics, and the coaches. I'm really not a needy person when looking at a school. I just want to fit in.

Jaylon has a sensible outlook on his recruitment.

"I am very realistic and I know that there are people that are taller than me and faster than me. I just want to have a fair chance to go to school and not just be overlooked because I am not the tallest player out there. Some coaches think that I can play safety and some of them want me at corner. I'm just trying to keep everything open."


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