John Tyler’s Braylon Jones Reaches Armed Service Academies Triple Crown With Army Offer
Braylon Jones has plenty of opportunities to play football and subsequently begin a career in the United States Armed Forces after his athletics career comes to an end.
The junior John Tyler defensive tackle announced through his personal Twitter account he received an offer from Army on Tuesday.
With the scholarship opportunity, Jones (6-3, 285) cornered the nation's leading military universities. He already had invitations to join the all-encompassing programs at Air Force and Navy in addition to an offer from Houston's football team.
Army, also known more formally as the United States Military Academy or West Point, participates in Division I FBS football as an independent. It plays several high-profile universities per season and concludes its regular season each year in the nationally prominent Army-Navy Game one week after the rest of the FBS concludes its regular season.
The Black Knights program once was the country's premiere college football team. It won back-to-back-to-back national championships from 1944 through 1946 and is home to three Heisman Trophy winners.
As a university, some of West Point's most notable alumni are former presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower as well as generals Douglas MacArthur and George S. Patton, Jr.
Patton tried out for Army's football team, but broken arms convinced him to give up the game. He lettered in other sports and competed in the 1912 Olympics.
The Black Knights went 4-7 last season under first-year head coach Jeff Monken and gave Navy one of its closer games in the Army-Navy series in the midst of a 13-game winning streak for the Midshipmen.
Army takes its show on the road quite frequently. If Jones signed with the program, he would travel to Philadelphia for a game against Temple, El Paso against UTEP, Durham, N.C. for a game against Duke and Baltimore for the Army-Navy game all in his freshman season.
The Black Knights' offer moved Jones to four total offers.
He enters a tie with Gilmer defender and Texas commitment Demarco Boyd in sheer amount of scholarship opportunities.
Nacogdoches defensive back Brandon Jones leads East Texas' Class of 2016 with 34 offers and is followed by Mineola offensive tackle Austin Anderson's seven opportunities. Mineola offensive tackle Riley Anderson sits ahead of Braylon Jones and Boyd with six unique scholarship choices.
Braylon Jones helped John Tyler to the Class 5A Division I state semifinals last season and a 12-3 record last season. He recorded 88 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss and seven sacks.
The John Tyler standout and the rest of the 2016 recruiting class become eligible to sign with a university on Feb. 3, 2016.
2016 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Austin Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-4, 289 – offers from Cincinnati, Missouri, North Texas, Northwestern, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa (7)
- Riley Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-5, 287 – offers from Cincinnati, Missouri, North Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa (6)
- Demarco Boyd, RB/LB, Gilmer, 6-0, 215 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Florida State, Texas A&M (4)
- Zach Hall, ATH, Tyler Lee, 5-11, 170 – offer from Texas Tech (1)
- Travon Fuller, CB, Athens, 6-0, 160 — committed to Texas A&M (1)
- Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, 6-0, 190 — offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Purdue, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, USC, Washington State (34)
- Braylon Jones, DT, John Tyler, 6-3, 285 – offers from Air Force, Army, Houston, Navy (4)
- Corey Lane, S, Nacogdoches, 5-11, 185 – offer from Louisiana Tech (1)
- Kendrick Rogers, WR, Frankston, 6-4, 185 — offer from North Texas, SMU (2)