The 2016 Commodore recruiting class filled out rather nicely but one area in particular filled out exceptionally well for the pass defense. Zaire Jones from Meridian High School in Meridian, Mississippi is another potential piece to Coach Mason's defense. He was one of the top performers in his senior season on a team with multiple players with Division 1 offers. Jones racked up 92 tackles, including 60 solo stops, with three for a loss and added two interceptions.
At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Jones appears to have an enormous length that gives him the ability to bring down interceptions almost effortlessly and block field goal attempts. In his video, you can see Jones strip a receiver of his catch and return it for over ten yards. From the strong safety position, he perfectly reads the run play and promptly bulldozes the opposing running back at the line of scrimmage.
Jones had offers Missouri, Virginia, Southern Miss among others and was previously committed to Mississippi State until August last season. One of the top three ranked Commodore commits in the class, he enrolled early on January 11th with another top commit in the secondary, JoeJuan Williams who is also locked into Vanderbilt before signing day. This is a very good sign for the 'Dores passing defense in the near future as both can compete for early playing time.