Nebraska’s secondary — and 2018 recruiting class — improved quite a bit Saturday when Cam’ron Jones announced his commitment to Nebraska.
The 4-star safety committed to Nebraska over other finalists Baylor and Ole Miss. He made the public announcement on a local high school sports television program.
— CAM JONES (@camgonework15) January 28, 2018
With Jones’ commitment, the Huskers’ 2018 recruiting class made a jump up in the rankings:
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) January 28, 2018
After coach Scott Frost and his staff transitioned from UCF to Nebraska, Jones became a priority target for the Huskers. They offered the Mansfield, Texas, native on Dec. 7. Running backs coach Ryan Held, who is also the area recruiter, formed a solid relationship with him from the start. With plenty of schools hounding Jones, who de-committed from UCLA on Dec. 4, Nebraska demonstrated patience with him. The Huskers would accept a commitment from Jones any time between then and the end of the normal signing period, which begins with National Signing Day on Feb. 7.
His connection with the staff was enough for him to schedule an official visit from Dec. 15-17. Simply put, the trip wowed him. Jones almost signed with Nebraska during the early signing period, but stuck with his plan to wait until February. He returned to Nebraska from Jan. 12-14 with friend Corbin Frederick, who holds a walk-on offer from the Huskers for an unofficial visit.
By that point, Jones had been heavily trending toward Nebraska. He took an official visit to Baylor (Dec. 8-10), but it never felt like the Bears were in it. Had Ole Miss not been subjected to two years of postseason bans, perhaps it would have been a closer race between the Rebels and the Huskers.
According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Jones is the No. 23 safety in the class and No. 287 prospect overall. He is now the Huskers’ third-ranked commit in the class, behind fellow 4-star prospects Adrian Martinez and Cameron Jurgens. Jones became the fourth member of Nebraska’s incoming class.
Secondary has been a primary need for the staff, which was disappointed in the number of scholarship defensive backs on the roster. Jones is the third safety and fourth defensive back overall to commit to Nebraska since Frost took over. The Huskers now have 20 commits, along with 12 signees, in their class. With Jones’ commitment, Nebraska received a nice bump in the rankings, jumping from No. 27 to No. 22 in the country and fourth in the Big Ten.
Check back to Land of 10 as we keep you updated on the latest in Jones’ commitment.