Nacogdoches’ Brandon Jones Picks Up Boise State Offer
It's been a while since Brandon Jones was in the news, but he's back at the forefront of the East Texas college football recruiting sphere with a new offer.
The junior Nacogodches safety announced Wednesday he received a new scholarship opportunity from Boise State, his 35th unique college choice overall.
Jones (6-0, 190) exploded onto the recruiting scene last spring and schools' interest in him continued through the summer with offers from various schools in all five major conferences. He's the region's leading Class of 2016 scholarship holder by 21 offers.
Since he saturated the market relatively early in his high school career, new options have been rare in recent months.
Georgia and Miami offered him during the 2014 football season. SMU and Maryland approached him last month with invitations to join their programs.
Jones' junior season was severely hampered by a knee injury sustained early in Nacogdoches' campaign. He returned to action late in the year but only played in five of the Dragons' 11 games.
The safety recorded 30 tackles and two forced fumbles, including 18 tackles and one caused fumble after the injury.
Jones had 95 tackles, five picks and three defensive touchdowns as a sophomore.
Boise State, with the 48th-best defense in the country last season, has some recruiting momentum under second-year head coach Bryan Harsin. The Broncos won the Mountain West Conference championship game against Fresno State and parlayed the victory into a win against Arizona in the Vizio Fiesta Bowl for a 12-2 final record.
The current era is Harsin's second stint in Boise, Idaho. He coached tight ends at the school from 2002 to 2005 and then rose to offensive coordinator in 2006.
Harsin left the Broncos to serve as Mack Brown's co-offensive coordinator at Texas for the 2011 and 2012 seasons and then got his first head coaching job at Arkansas State, where he stayed for one season before being hired back to Boise State.
Jones listed his top 10 schools in December — Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M, and USC. He later suggested changes might be come to that preliminary list.
The safety was part of an impressive backfield last season featuring fellow FBS scholarship holders and brothers Corey Lane and Jaylon Lane. Both brothers have transferred to San Angelo Central in West Texas, and Jaylon Lane will graduate from there in May.
Jones will anchor an otherwise all-new Nacogdoches secondary this season.
2016 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Austin Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-4, 289 – offers from Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Louisiana Tech, Missouri, North Texas, Northwestern, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa (14)
- Riley Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-5, 287 – offers from Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Louisiana Tech, Missouri, North Texas, Northwestern, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa (14)
- 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, Boise State, 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 (35)
- Braylon Jones, DT, John Tyler, 6-3, 285 – offers from Air Force, Army, Houston, Navy (4)
- Bronson Massie, DE/LB, 6-3, 202 – offer from Louisiana Tech (1)
- Kendrick Rogers, WR, Frankston, 6-4, 185 — offer from North Texas, SMU (2)