"It was pretty nice," Jones said. "They were the first ones to offer me and take a chance."
Jones said the Rutgers coaches had talked with him about offering for a long time prior to extending the offer.
"I like the fact that after this season, they're going to the Big 10," Jones said. "That's pretty exciting."
Jones said he was also intrigued about the possibility of playing early at Rutgers, a possibility the coaches pointed out to him.
But while Rutgers was the first to pull the trigger this week, they certainly won't be the last. The 6-foot-6 Jones has a strong arm, and is athletic enough that San Antonio East Central looked at him at wideout during certain sets when his older brother, Christian Jones, was at quarterback. Jeremy said he has visited LSU, Texas A&M, Duke and Louisiana-Lafayette, and he went to "two or three" Baylor games last season.
"It was pretty exciting," Jones said of the practice. "It was pretty up-tempo. They seemed to run the pistol a majority of the time, and that's something that I'm pretty familiar with."
East Central ran a run-first attack a year ago, but will be moving to a spread this year to take better advantage of Jones's passing talents. That makes Jones a recruit who could see his stock rise exponentially through the spring and during his senior season.
But will that be enough to result in a Texas offer? Jones said he talked with both Akina and offensive coordinator Major Applewhite, who said that currently, the Longhorns were only taking one quarterback in the class of 2014 (commitment Jerrod Heard). But they also told Jones that they were keeping options open in case of transfer or another spot opening up.
Jones is taking his time with his recruitment, though he does have two favorites right now: Rutgers and LSU. The first has offered, while the second has talked about potentially offering after seeing him throw in person.
"I'e just always liked LSU," Jones said. "I like their tradition and everything that they're about."
Jones said he's headed to LSU on the 13th to watch the Tigers scrimmage, and he's also likely headed there for summer camp.
East Central made it to the second round of the playoffs this year before falling to perennial power San Antonio Madison. This year, the goal is to build on that experience and take the Hornet program to new heights.
"State Championship," Jones responded when asked about East Central's goals for this year. "Last year, it seemed like we were more talking about it, but this year, I feel like there's more action being taken. It's just a different way that we're working to get better.
"It's pretty exciting," Jones said. "I can't wait to start spring football."