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
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
“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
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
“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
“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
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
“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
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.”
Jaylon Jones final six
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