Well, the Hugh Freeze Crootin Train is still rolling after four-star defensive back Jaylon Jones made his commitment to Ole Miss. The young man from Allen, Tex. announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he chose the Rebels over an enormously impressive offer list.
Jones chose the Rebels over Auburn, Ohio State, TCU, Texas A&M, Southern Cal, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. Jones is rated by 247Sports as the No. 18 cornerback in the country and the No. 30 player in the state of Texas. Third-year co-defensive coordinator/cornerbacks' coach Jason Jones has done a phenomenal job in his short time at the helm and it doesn't appear he intends to slow down the crootin momentum in the secondary anytime soon.
Ole Miss fans should be incredibly ecstatic about the addition of Jones and not just because of the type of young man he is and the skills on the field. Just taking a look at that list of schools that were after him shows just how far the Rebels' football program has come heading into year four of the journey. Now, recruiting is always going to have the crazy twists (Leo Lewis) and turns (Drew Richmond), but the fact of the matter is that student-athletes like Jones are starting to take notice of what is going on in Oxford, Miss.
I'll be joining Coach Freeze and The University of Mississippi! #HottyToddy— Jaylon Jones (@TheJaylonJones) July 28, 2015
How does he fit in?
Standing 5'11 and tipping the scales at 182-pounds, Jones' game gives him the potential to join Dave Wommack's 4-2-5 scheme very quickly. Jones isn't afraid to step up in run support at the line of scrimmage, he can cover receivers laterally and has the athleticism to make plays while the ball is in the air. The most imperative element of the Allen High School playmaker's game is speed. Jones ran a 4.53 40-yard dash and had a top time of 4.13 in the pro-shuttle at Nike's The Opening earlier this summer. He plays the box safety position very well, but his top-end speed would make cornerback an easy fit as well. His speed allows him to stay on top of deep routes and cover bigger, faster receivers with ease.
Another great thing in Jones' arsenal is the impact he makes in the kicking game. Whether it's returning punts or kickoffs, he has the elusiveness and vision to turn a fair catch and decent field position into a SportsCenter Top 10 play and six points. In 2014, Jones led the Allen Eagles to a perfect 15-0 record, a state title and a national title. In two years as a starter in the Allen secondary, Jones has totaled 219 tackles, three tackles for loss, five pass breakups, one interception and one kickoff return touchdown. The fact that Jones comes from one of the best high school football programs in the nation (four state titles since 2008) is another thing that has become a trend for Hugh Freeze and Co.
Needless to say, the Landshark Defense is getting an awfully good one.
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