Finner Hopes MVP Award Will Increase Offers

Fort Bend Elkins defensive back Jaylon Finner has been an enigma of this early 23011 recruiting campaign. Several early junior lists had Finner as one of the top 30-40 prospects in the state of Texas. The 5-foot-10, 185 pound high school safety has seen interest from many programs in the state and around the Big 12, but the written offers have been slow to come, but that is about to change.

Fort Bend Elkins defensive back Jaylon Finner has been an enigma of this early 23011 recruiting campaign. Several early junior lists had Finner as one of the top 30-40 prospects in the state of Texas. The 5-foot-10, 185 pound high school safety has seen interest from many programs in the state and around the Big 12, but the written offers have been slow to come, but that is about to change.

"I have received several verbal offers from Baylor and Nebraska, but my only written offer is from Rice," Finner said. "I'm hearing a lot from those schools along with Texas Tech, Arizona, Kansas State, UCLA, and Texas A&M."

At last week's Nike Camp in Fort Worth that attracted some of the best talent in the state, Finner put on a show. In fact, he won the camp MVP award for defensive backs at the high profile event, which will likely trigger increased interest from many college coaches around the state and region.

"I've been running track and I haven't been working on football too much," Finner said. "So I was surprised at how well I did, especially my footwork in the drills. I had a great day and I got the MVP award."

Playing safety in high school, many colleges are concerned whether the Fort Bend product had the size for the safety position at the next level, or the quickness and footwork to play cornerback. Based on the results from Fort Worth, it appears he's answered that question with an exclamation point.

On Saturday, Finner traveled to College Station for Texas A&M's Maroon and White Spring Game. The junior defensive back had previously attended an Aggie junior day earlier in the spring, so he's familiar with the facilities and the campus. However, he wanted an opportunity to see the team in action and talk to some of the new defensive coaches.

"It was good. I focused on the defensive backs. They played very aggressive which is my style. They also need some young players to come in and fill the position," Finner said. "I spoke to my new recruiting coach, Coach Toth. He and the staff said they liked my film and my aggressiveness to make plays."

Finner and the A&M staff discussed coming back to campus for a summer camp where the coaches would closely evaluate his performance. If he puts on another show like he did at the Fort Worth Nike Camp, an offer could be waiting. The Houston area prospect will be attending several camps looking to get the attention of high major D-1 programs.

"Right now, I'm planning to go to several summer camps at Baylor, Kansas State, Arizona, and UCLA," Finner said. He also indicated that he has no leaders and wants to see which schools offer him this summer before he starts narrowing his list. He did say he grew up a Miami fan, but that he hasn't heard from the Canes.


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