The 6-foot-2 and 220-pound linebacker from New Orleans (La.) Jesuit, Deion Jones, had a good conversation with Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini apparently. Jones stated that Nebraska was at the top of his list made them his college choice with a verbal commitment.
“Yes sir I did,” Jones said. “I committed to Coach Bo Pelini tonight. We have been talking to Nebraska, but we never really narrowed things down to a top five or top schools at all. Nebraska has always been one of them though.
“My mom was comfortable with it and so was my dad so I just decided that tonight was the night during the phone call. I decided to pull the trigger on my commitment tonight.”
Jones said that Coach Pelini was excited and surprised to get the news about Jones wanting to join the class. The Huskers are looking at Jones to play outside linebacker in Lincoln, but Jones feels that he can play any of the linebacker positions in college.
“He was excited. He was actually surprised. He didn’t think that we were calling him to commit at all. Nebraska is looking at me to play outside linebacker. I think that I can play any of the linebacker positions in college. I don’t care where. I just want to play football.”
Jones and his team were a bit of a success story last year. Jesuit was picked to finish dead last in their district, but the predictions didn’t get the team down. In fact, they rallied around it.
“We weren’t supposed to make it out of districts and make the playoffs, but we won our district and went into the third round of the playoffs last year. I haven’t seen any early predictions this year about our team.”
The next challenge for Jones and his team mates is to not rest on what they accomplished last year. They have to put it all together again this year regardless of being picked to finish last or first.
“It’s a group effort by all of the seniors to stay motivated. We all have different ways to do it. It starts with practice. Everyone has to give 100% on the field or in the weight room.”
Jones held 16 offers before deciding tonight, including: Kentucky, Kansas, Kansas State, Illinois, Pittsburgh, and Arizona.