One of the Texas Longhorns’ top 2020 targets is taking his talents elsewhere.
On Sunday evening, four-star Cibolo Steele cornerback Jaylon Jones took to Twitter to announce his commitment to Texas A&M, siding with the Aggies over a lengthy offer list that included Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, and of course, the Longhorns.
“It has been a long and thorough process and I’m excited to say that I’ve found my home,” Jones said in his Twitter announcement. “I would like to thank all the schools who have believed in me & game me a chance to play the game I love. All my boxes are checked and I’ve found what I’ve been looking for.”
Dubbed as the nation’s No. 12 cornerback prospect, per the 247Sports Composite, Jones’ decision comes on the heels of his Sunday visit for the Aggies’ Junior Day. Jones’ latest trip to College Station was his first of the year, but fourth since last April, as the San Antonio-area star also visited Texas A&M for the Aggies’ spring game, again during a June 8 camp, which resulted in his Aggies offer, as well as for the Aggies early September loss to Clemson.
Nevertheless, the Longhorns were in the thick of this in-state recruiting battle and could have even been considered the team to beat entering Jones’ latest trip to Texas A&M.
Jones became a mainstay on the Forty Acres last summer and during the 2018 season, visiting on four occasions, including tours during Texas’ win over USC and loss to West Virginia. Much more recently, Jones was on hand on Jan. 19 for the Horns’ major recruiting weekend. Unfortunately for the Horns, what Jones was unable to find during each of his four stays on the Forty Acres, he found in College Station on Sunday, marking yet another major in-state recruiting win or Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies.
As is the case with five-star Tomball wide receiver Demond Demas, the Longhorns likely won’t quit pushing until Jones puts pen to paper. But at this current juncture, arguably one of Texas’ top two 2020 cornerback prospects pledged elsewhere, the outlook at cornerback isn’t ideal.
There are still seven uncommitted cornerback prospects with a Texas offer in hand, but of that bunch, only five-star Scottsdale (Az.) Saguaro star Kelee Ringo appears to be a real option, as others such as Cedar Hill Trinity Christian School standout Dwight McGlothern, Broken Arrow (Okla.) product Myles Slusher, and Mansfield Timberview talent Jalen Kimber are each projected to land with other programs.