Nacogdoches Safety Brandon Jones’ 40th FBS Offer Comes From Auburn
Maybe Brandon Jones has not completely saturated the market for his services just yet.
The senior Nacogdoches safety reported a college football scholarship opportunity from Auburn on Friday. It's his region-leading 40th offer from an FBS school and his 10th from within the Southeastern Conference.
With the Tigers' invitation, Jones (6-0, 190) owns the East Texas lead in terms of sheer amount of FBS scholarship offers by 13. Mineola twin offensive tackles Austin Anderson and Riley Anderson are tied for the second-most scholarships, 27 unique choices.
The Andersons also have the choice to join Auburn. They're committed to Texas A&M, however.
Jones was expected to be a major piece of an elite Nacogdoches secondary last season. Three players within the unit combined to hold more than 60 college offers.
Unfortunately, Jones strained the posterior cruciate ligament in a knee during the third game of the campaign and did not return until the eighth contest. He wrapped up his junior year with 30 tackles and two forced fumbles after 95 tackles, five interceptions and three defensive touchdowns the season prior.
In spite of the setback, Nacogdoches reached the playoffs for the second straight time under third-year head coach Bobby Reyes with a 7-3 regular season record. The varsity team went 0-10 during Jones' freshman season.
Jones -- fully healthy -- will anchor the secondary in his senior season alongside fellow senior safety Corey Lane. Lane holds an offer from Louisiana Tech.
Nacogdoches enters its 2015 season with a third identified college caliber football player. Senior receiver Alex Gregory committed to Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday.
Auburn has been a major player in the college football landscape through this decade, winning the 2010 national championship behind Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton. The team declined the following two years, culminating with the firing of Gene Chizik, but has bounced back under Gus Malzahn.
The Tigers reached the 2013 national championship game in Malzahn's first season and followed it up with an 8-5 record last year to place 22nd in the final AP Poll. While finishing fourth in the SEC's West Division, each team ahead of Auburn also capped the year ranked.
Auburn holds claim to two national championships and 12 conference titles. It also has been the home to three Heisman winners and 68 consensus All-Americans through its 122-year history.
Jones' recruiting process is nearing its end. He, like all senior high school football prospects, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him on Feb. 3, 2016.
2016 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Austin Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-4, 289 – committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Auburn, California, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt (27)
- Riley Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-5, 287 – committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Auburn, California, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas, TCU, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt (27)
- Demarco Boyd, RB/LB, Gilmer, 6-0, 215 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Florida State, Texas A&M (4)
- Gabe Foster, RB/DB, Newton, 6-3, 180 — offers from Arkansas State, Purdue, Texas State, ULM (4)
- Ke’Mon Freeman, QB/ATH, Liberty-Eylau, 5-11, 188 – offers from Arkansas State, North Texas, SMU (3)
- Travon Fuller, CB, Athens, 6-0, 160 — committed to Texas A&M (1)
- Alex Gregory, WR, Nacogdoches, 5-11, 175 — committed to Stephen F. Austin; additional offers from Texas State, ULM (2)
- Zach Hall, ATH, Tyler Lee, 5-11, 170 – offers from Baylor, Texas Tech (2)
- La’Darius Hamilton, LB, Corrigan-Camden, 6-1, 220 — offer from ULL (1)
- Adrian Harris, OL, John Tyler, 6-2, 290 — offer from ULM (1)
- Jerrod Johnson, OL, Lufkin, 6-2, 290 — offer from ULM (1)
- Keenen Johnson, ATH, Alto, 6-1, 190 – offers from SMU, ULL (2)
- Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, 6-0, 190 — offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Boise State, California, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, USC, Washington State (40)
- Braylon Jones, DT, John Tyler, 6-3, 285 – offers from Air Force, Army, Colorado State, Houston, Navy (5)
- Corey Lane, S, 5-11, 185 – offer from Louisiana Tech (1)
- Bronson Massie, DE/LB, Lufkin 6-3, 202 – offers from California, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Texas State, Washington (5)
- Jarrod McLin, DE, Carthage, 6-4, 212 – offers from ULL, UTSA (2)
- Denzel Mims, WR, Daingerfield, 6-4, 180 – committed to Baylor; additional offers from Arkansas State, North Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa (6)
- Cody Mitchell, TE, Jasper, 6-5, 225 — offers from Illinois, Louisiana Tech, Missouri, Texas State, ULL (5)
- Jordan Morales, DL, Tyler Bishop Gorman, 6-3, 275 -- offer from UTEP (1)
- Kendrick Rogers, WR, Frankston, 6-6, 207 — committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Mississippi State, North Texas, SMU, ULL, ULM (11)
- Micahh Smith, DB, Marshall, 5-11, 185 — offer from Texas State (1)
- Aphonso Thomas, RB, Van, 5-10, 180 — committed to Nebraska; additional offers from Colorado State, Kansas, Nevada, Texas State (5)
- Jeremy West, OL/DL, Chapel Hill, 6-2, 297 — offer from ULL (1)
- Andre Wiley Jr., OLB/S, Liberty-Eylau, 5-10, 170 – offers from Arkansas State, Army, Louisiana Tech, Navy, Texas State, Wyoming (6)