The Texas Longhorns are still in the mix for the nation's top safety prospect, as Nacogdoches star Brandon Jones includes the Longhorns among his top three schools on Monday afternoon:
Brandon Jones (@BlessedJones33) February 1, 2016
The Baylor Bears hosted Jones on his final official visit last weekend and are a relatively surprising late darkhorse contender for his services. Meanwhile, the Texas A&M Aggies were considered the leader throughout much of the process, but received an official visit from him just before the dead period.
Playing in favor of the Longhorns is the fact that Jones grew up a fan of the school, but Texas will have to overcome the fact that Nacogdoches is an A&M stronghold in East Texas, an area that produced a number of signees for the Aggies in 2015. Fortunately, tight ends coach Jeff Traylor has been doing an excellent job on his native turf and has done an excellent job of combating that reality.
The Longhorns have been trending in the 247Sports Crystal Ball for Jones ever since the middle of December:
However, despite all the talk about silent commits for head coach Charlie Strong, Jones isn't one of them and there's no true consensus that he even knows where he's going at this point, providing some additional drama heading into his Wednesday decision. He'll announce at some point during the 8 a.m. CT hour on ESPNU.
Jones is a consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 40 player nationally, the No. 1 safety, and the No. 6 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. The list of three schools was narrowed from a group of nearly 40 schools to offer him scholarships.