When Cornerbacks Coach Ashely Ambrose was announced this spring as a new addition to the staff, many wondered what type of impact he would have on the recruiting landscape for Texas State. He took over the same recruiting area Jason Washington had, but has also tapped into some pipelines that he created along the way during his NFL playing days.
Ambrose spent two years with the Atlanta Falcons and the state of Georgia is where DB target, Evan Jones, hails from. He's a 6'2" 185lb defensive back who can play either corner or safety, and he has a Texas State offer. Jones was on campus this weekend and took in the Southern Miss game.
"I really liked Texas State. I really enjoyed being their, I liked the campus, the atmosphere and the coaches. When I got there I didn't expect the stadium to be as big as it was, it was a very nice stadium. The facilities, and weight room were also very nice as well," said Jones.
The staff has been on him since the end of his junior year and it didn't hurt that former NFL'er and teammate of Coach Ambrose, Ray Buchanan, spoke highly of Jones and let Texas State know that he's a quality division one recruit.
"Right now it's (Texas State) definitely my top choice right now. I'm very impressed with the coaching staff and the players, I really do like Texas State," said Jones.
He currently reports four offers: Eastern Kentucky, Grambling State, Tennessee State, and Texas State. For the moment, he doesn't have any other visits, official or unofficial, set up. He's shifting gears and really bearing down on helping his team, Salem High School, have a successful season and gear up for what his hopefully a playoff or state championship run.
His size and speed, 4.48, make him very intriguing as a corner prospect. Whether it's there or as a safety, he shows the hips to cover and run, and isn't shy about being physical. With his 6'2" frame, he can easily add 10-15 pounds and be at a solid 200.
Don't expect a decision anytime soon by Jones, he plans on waiting until the later part of the season or possibly holding off until he's completely finished playing.