Cam Jones commit: What does it mean for Nebraska?
Rivals250 safety Cam Jones officially ended his recruitment on Saturday night as he announced his commitment to Nebraska.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defensive back out of Mansfield, Texas picked the Huskers over Ole Miss and Baylor. Jones becomes NU's 20th known commitment in its 2018 recruiting class.
Here are some quick takes on what Jones' commit means for Nebraska.
1. Nebraska needed to add some big-time talent for its secondary in this recruiting class, and the addition of Cam Jones helps out in a huge way. Not only is Jones one of the top safeties in the country, but he's one of the top overall players from the talent-rich Dallas Metroplex area.
2. At 6-foot-2, 190-pounds, Jones has excellent size and length at the safety position. His back peddle, and hips are fluid in coverage. He runs very well and displays great range in the back end of the defense.
3. As good as Jones is in coverage, he's equally as good in run support. He fills the alleys well and gets downhill in a hurry. He's a great tackler that enjoys being very physical. When he hits a ball carrier, they are usually stopped dead in their tracks if not going backward.
4. Jones is a playmaker. He always seems to be around the football on defense. He played some wide receiver for his team this past fall and was a dangerous kickoff returner as well. One of the more impressive things Jones did on special teams this past season was blocking one punt and three field goal attempts. I've always said one of the best indicators of pure explosion is the ability to come off the edge and block field goals. Jones has that.
5. Toughness, competitiveness and overall effort are all attributes that can't be coached, and Jones has them. He's a high character individual that is a leader on and off of the field. All things that you look for in a future Blackshirt.
6. Jones is a well-known commodity in the state of Texas and especially in the Metroplex area. His commitment is one that other players in the area are sure to take notice of and should only help the Huskers in their pursuit of other players from the state in the future.
7. You have to tip your hat to Nebraska's coaching staff for how they recruited Jones. They came into the picture late in the game due to the coaching change, but their effort and overall enthusiasm about the Huskers immediately captured Jones' attention. So much so that he scheduled an official visit in December before the dead period and then hosted him again for an unofficial visit right after the dead period was over.
Senior season stats: Defense: 80 tackles, six TFL, one sack, four PBU, one INT, one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown, two forced fumbles, one blocked punt, three blocked field goals and one safety; Offense: 10 carries for 72 yards, two receptions for 21 yards; Special teams: Three kickoff returns for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
8. 2018 Nebraska commit breakdown
1/27/2018 - Cam Jones - DB - 6-foot-2, 187 - Mansfield, TX - 4 Stars
1/21/2018 - Braxton Clark - CB - 6-foot-3, 188 - Orlando, FL - 3 Stars
1/18/2018 - Dominick Watt - WR - 6-foot-1, 200 - Hollywood, FL - 4 Stars
1/18/2018 - Miles Jones - ATH - 5-foot-9, 166 - Plantation, FL - 4 Stars
1/16/2018 - Casey Rogers - DE - 6-foot-5, 240 - Avon Old Farms (NY) - 3 Stars
1/10/2018 - Mike Williams - WR - 5-foot-10, 175 - East Mississippi C.C. (FL) - 3 Stars
12/21/2017 - Will Honas - LB - 6-foot-2, 225 - Butler County C.C. (KS) - 3 Stars
12/20/2017 - Greg Bell - RB - 6-foot, 200 - Arizona Western C.C. (CA) - 4 Stars
12/20/2017 - Katerian LeGrone - WR - 6-foot-3, 220 - Atlanta, GA - 3 Stars
12/17/2017 - Deontai Williams - DB - 6-foot, 180 - Jones County C.C. (FL) - 3 Stars
12/12/2017 - Adrian Martinez- QB - 6-foot-3, 198 - Fresno, CA - 4 Stars
12/11/2017 - Justin McGriff- WR - 6-foot-6, 210 - Tampa, FL - 3 Stars
12/10/2017 - Jaron Woodyard- ATH - 5-foot-11, 175 - Arizona Western (MD) - 3 Stars
12/10/2017 - C.J. Smith- DB - 6-foot-3, 190 - West Palm Beach, FL - 4 Stars
10/6/2017 - David Alston- OLB - 6-foot-5, 215 - Woodbury, MN - 3 Stars
5/2/2017 - Barret Pickering- K - 6-foot, 185 - Hoover, AL - 3 Stars
4/16/2017 - Tate Wildeman- DE - 6-foot-6, 245 - Parker, CO - 4 Stars
4/8/2017 - Will Farniok- OL - 6-3, 260 - Sioux Falls, SD - 3 Stars
6/17/16 - Masry Mapieu- DT - 6-5, 290 - York, NE - 3 Stars
8/7/15 - Cameron Jurgens- TE - 6-3, 235 - Beatrice, NE - 4 Stars
9. Commits by position
1 - Quarterback
1 - Running back/fullback
4 - Wide receiver
1 - Tight end
1 - Offensive linemen
1 - Defensive tackle
2 - Defensive end
1 - Outside linebacker
1 - Inside linebacker
3 - Safety
1 - Cornerback
2 - Athlete
1 - Special teams
10. Where are they from?
7 - Florida
2 - Nebraska
2 - California
1 - Alabama
1 - Colorado
1 - Georgia
1 - Kansas
1 - Maryland
1 - Minnesota
1 - New York
1 - South Dakota
1 - Texas