Tech gets started early with 2018 DB commit
High school seniors around the country are gearing up to commit to their future college as the season is now in full swing.
High school juniors on the other hand? Some of them are looking to commit, too. The Red Raiders are the beneficiaries of an early commit for the 2018 class as Euless (Texas) Trinity defensive back Cameron Jones has committed to the school.
The rising junior prospect didn’t have to commit when he did but felt like Tech was the best place for him, so he pulled the trigger.
“I did a lot of thinking and talked with my family and coach and what not. I had been doing a lot of thinking and just came to the conclusion that I wanted to commit to Tech.
“Basically, I’m just trying to get on board and get this thing going. It takes a lot off of my mind, a lot of stress, and I can now focus on school and high school football. It’s the place I really wanted to be which made things easy for me.”
The commitment didn’t come first without some research as Jones was all over the country this summer visiting schools including Tennessee, Georgia, and even recent National Champion, Alabama. Along with Texas Tech, he also visited the University of Texas recently, too.
Following the visits, he came to the conclusion that Texas Tech was the best of the bunch.
“The schools that I visited had impressive campuses and the coaching staffs were real nice, I just didn’t feel at home at those places. They are big schools, don’t get me wrong, they have nice stadiums and great atmospheres for games, but I didn’t feel that connection.
“At Tech, I felt that connection 100 percent. I felt the connection right-off-the-bat with Tech, I felt the connection before I was even there, every time I would call the coaches. Then when I visited, everything fell into place.”
Jones was offered in mid-June at a Texas Tech satellite camp hosted at his school. Since the offer, Jones has been building a relationship with various Texas Tech coaches and doing a lot of research on the Red Raiders.
“The coaches have always been very straightforward with me, and I really like the defensive scheme. Coach Gibbs coached in the NFL for nine years, so I know he can do a lot for his defensive backs. They had 25 forced turnovers last year, and I want to play in an aggressive defense like that.”
After starting on varsity as a sophomore last season, Jones could have rode the wave of a stellar sophomore campaign into his junior year en route to many new offers, however, he knew Texas Tech was the place for him.
“I don’t think me committing early is making a statement or anything. If it does, I’m glad it does. But this commitment is for me because this is the place I want to be.”