Jaylon Jones final six

Allen (Texas) defensive back Jaylon Jones realized a "top six" via Twitter last week, but that top list also resulted from some major cuts.

Allen (Texas) four-star cornerback Jaylon Jones is rated No. 2 in the Lone Star State at a position he rarely plays.

Although rated as a cornerback, Jones plays almost exclusively at safety for Allen, which is a testament to his coverage skills. It’s those skills that have colleges nationwide coveting his letter of intent.

Last week, Jones announced a top six, which implied he had six favorite college options. However, Jones’ top six is really a final six.

“These six are it,” said Jones. “The coaches that have offered me whose schools aren’t on the list, I’ve already thanked them. Some of them wanted reasons why I eliminated them, but I didn’t have time to go into it with everyone.

“I told them thank you for offering me, but these are the schools I’m focusing on. I don’t even want anymore offers.”

Jones final six college options consists of TCU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Auburn, Ohio State and USC. All six of those schools made trips to Allen (Texas) to see Jones last month. All but Auburn saw him in person twice.

Jones relationship with the college coaches is a major selling point for every school that made his list.

“Overall, I’ve had communication with these coaches for a while,” said Jones. “Right now it’s matter of talking with each coaching staff and getting these dates set for my summer visits.

“But overall, it’s largely based on my relationship with each staff and my comfort level with them.”

For USC, defensive backs coach Keith Heyward has been Jones main point of contact. Heyward made the trip to Texas to see Jones in April while Trojans defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox made a follow up visit in May.

“USC wasn’t the first to offer me, but ever since they did offer me, I’ve had great contact with my position coach, Coach Heyward,” said Jones. “The same goes for these other schools.

“That’s what really separated my list. It was about who was recruiting me hard and who I had the best relationships with. I haven’t been to USC, Auburn, Ole Miss or Ohio State, but I did have a good connection with the coaches. So I thought it would be best to go ahead and narrow it down.”

USC makes Jones list first several reasons.

“I have a good relationship with the staff, specifically my position coach,” said Jones. “Me, I could see myself going there because it’s in Cali.

“It’s a pretty chill place and I could see myself being there for four years. And USC, just as a program, I see how they got Iman Marshall and I see that program being special.”

Texas A&M makes Jones cut, but not for the reasons many may assume. While his five-star offensive tackle teammate Greg Little remains verbally committed to the Aggies, Jones has his own reasons for liking A&M.

“I don’t really pay attention to people saying that because of Greg,” said Jones. “It would be cool to play with all of my friends, but when it comes to this recruitment, this decision has to be about me.

“I have to do what’s best for me. A&M send a lot of offensive tackle to the league, so that was Greg’s decision. For me, they made my top six because of Coach (John) Chavis. A&M has always had trouble with defense, but Coach Chavis can change that.

“I think this year, with Coach Chavis, the defense will look pretty nice.”

All of the schools recruiting Jones are recruiting him to play safety. TCU makes his final six list of choices with an emphasis on how the Horned Frogs utilize the safety position.

“Other than having a good relationship with their staff, I like the 4-2-5 they run,” said Jones. “They always have three safeties on the field. I’ve talked to them and I really like how I would fit the scheme for them.

“All of these schools are recruiting me at safety, but I’ll play wherever they need me to play to get on the field. I can play corner, in the nickel, or wherever. People must have seen me play corner at a camp or something to rank me there because I play safety during the season.”

Jones is expected to be in Southern California next week for the B2G Elite Camp, which will give him an opportunity to see Los Angeles for the first time. He will then head to Ohio State June 19.

“We’ve talked a little bit about the trip,” said Jones. “The one thing about Ohio State is that they’ve got some good coaches up there.”

Jones wants to see every school on his list before the end of summer. Accomplishing that goal could result in a preseason commitment.

“I’m thinking I’ll eliminate at least one school this summer and then be down to five,” said Jones. “If I don’t make my decision before the season, then I’ll have five schools I’ll visit officially.

“It just depends on how many schools I see and how confident I am with getting a decision in.”

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